Saturday, February 4, 2023

Joe Biden approves disaster declaration in California and Alabama

Joe Biden, President of the United States of America States of disaster declared in California and Alabama Where new storms are expected this Sunday, after three weeks of unprecedented rainfall that has resulted in at least 19 deaths.

Biden orders federal aid to help residents and municipalities of this statein the west of the country, to repair damage from violent winter storms since December 27 that caused floods, landslides and mudslides, according to a White House statement.

Impressive wave of rain – and snow – in the mountainous regions Several areas of the country’s most populous state were devastated this Saturday. whose already flooded soil is reaching saturation point.

A new “atmospheric river” is expected to return on Monday, meaning a band of moisture that brings large amounts of water from tropical regions. The National Weather Service (NWS) warned that it would bring “new waves of extreme rainfall”.

power cords are damaged And the fields and roads were completely flooded.

The NWS warned of “catastrophic flooding” in the Salinas region, a major agricultural area south of San Francisco.

California Governor Gavin Newsom warned the public that they are still not safe: “It’s not over,” he said Saturday after visiting storm-hit residents.

Guernville, California - January 9: A Portion Of A Fence Floats In A Flooded Neighborhood On January 9, 2023 In Guerneville, California.  The San Francisco Bay Area Is Being Drenched By Powerful Fluvial Weather Events That Have Brought High Winds And Torrential Rain.  The Storm Has Downed Trees, Flooded Streets And Knocked Out Power To Thousands Of Residents.  Storms Are Brewing Over The Pacific Ocean And Are Expected To Bring More Rain And Wind Through The End Of The Week.  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/Afp (Photo By Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Afp Via Getty Images)
The San Francisco Bay Area continues to be battered by powerful fluvial weather events that have brought high winds and torrential rain. – photo: Getty Images via AFP

Newsom urged residents to be vigilant and continue to apply “Common sense over the next 24 to 48 hours.”

order to vacate

Nearly 26 million Californians remained on a flood watch Saturday night, Tens of thousands more have been ordered to evacuate, according to the NWS.

According to poweroutage.us, as of 08:00 GMT on Sunday, more than 16,000 homes were without power.

In the Salinas region, a city of 160,000 residents where the river of the same name flows through its banks, An AFP journalist confirmed on Saturday morning that the floods had affected agricultural areas of the valley, but not urban areas.

Under a leaden sky and intermittent rain, the watercourse In some places it got out of control, flooding hundreds of meters of fields.

In Spreckels, a small community near the river, most residents chose not to evacuate despite warnings from officials.

Santa Rosa, California - January 9: In An Aerial View, Water Floods A Road And A Field On January 9, 2023 In Santa Rosa, California.  The San Francisco Bay Area And Much Of Northern California Are Still In The Grip Of A Powerful Atmospheric Riparian Event That Has Brought High Winds And Torrential Rain.  The Storm Has Downed Trees, Flooded Streets And Left Thousands Without Power.  Storms Are Brewing Over The Pacific Ocean And Are Expected To Bring More Rain And Wind Through The End Of The Week.  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/Afp (Photo By Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Afp Via Getty Images)
In an aerial view, a road and a field are flooded on January 9, 2023 in Santa Rosa, California. – photo: Getty Images via AFP

“Looks like we’ve escaped the worst”, said Robert Zagajewski, who was walking his dog in a light rain. According to experts, the river will return to its route from Saturday.

In one area, two tractors equipped with pumping equipment returned stagnant water from recent days’ rain to the river to prevent the soil from completely flooding.

“The region has been badly hit by drought in recent years,” 58-year-old farm worker Manuel Paris told AFP. “It’s been a long time, we are not used to seeing so much rain now.”

brief break between storms have hit the area in recent weeks, barely giving officials time to clear the debris or restore power.

one meter snow

In the mountains, the event translates into heavy snowfall in the Sierra Nevada over the weekend with more than a meter forecast, prompting officials to They warn about the danger of avalanches and advise against any movement.

Images released by officials of a major highway in the Lake Tahoe area show dozens of cars stuck in a snow storm Saturday morning.

Santa Rosa, California - January 9: In An Aerial View, Floods Fill Fields On January 9, 2023 In Santa Rosa, California.  The San Francisco Bay Area And Much Of Northern California Are Still In The Grip Of A Powerful Atmospheric Riparian Event That Has Brought High Winds And Torrential Rain.  The Storm Has Downed Trees, Flooded Streets And Left Thousands Without Power.  Storms Are Brewing Over The Pacific Ocean And Are Expected To Bring More Rain And Wind Through The End Of The Week.  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/Afp (Photo By Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Afp Via Getty Images)
The storm toppled trees, flooded streets and left thousands without power. – photo: Getty Images via AFP

At least 19 people have died since the beginning of this series of storms. Drivers were found trapped in their vehicles by waves, people injured by falling trees, A couple died in the landslide and the bodies were washed away in the flood waters.

California is used to extreme weather, and winter storms are common.

But scientists say climate change making these incidents all the more brutal.

While this is wreaking short-term disasters, rain is badly needed in the American West, where more than two decades of drought have led to unprecedented restrictions on water use.

However, experts have warned that even the heaviest rain has hit the region This month they will not reverse the rain below the average of more than 20 years.

*With inputs from AFP

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