asks President to stand ready
March 3, 2023__
DC___ U.S. Congressmen Jay Obernolte (CA-23), Kevin Kiley (CA-03), Doug
LaMalfa (CA-01), John Duarte (CA-13), Ken Calvert (CA-41), Tom McClintock
(CA-05), David Valadao (CA-22), and Mike Garcia (CA-27) sent an official
request to President Joe Biden Friday, March 3rd morning to ask the President to stand
ready to grant a federal disaster declaration for California’s mountain
communities should the necessary request from the Governor’s office be
a letter signed by twelve members of the California Congressional Delegation on
Wednesday, Governor Newsom declared a state emergency for the counties of
Amador, Kern, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Nevada, San Bernardino, San
Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sierra, Sonoma, and Tulare.
is critical that federal resources are ready and able to act quickly to
supplement state and county efforts to help these communities regain
access to food and medical care, rebuild damaged buildings and homes, assist
small businesses forced to close, and avert further catastrophe,” said the
Members of Congress in a letter.
the state of California seek a federal disaster designation, we ask that your
administration grant the request immediately to add federal assets and
resources to these critical recovery efforts. Doing so will help to ensure that
these threats to public health and safety are appropriately managed and
the past week, historic winter storms have resulted in a multitude
of collapsed buildings, stranded or trapped residents and visitors, blocked
roads, and have left thousands of homes and businesses without electricity or
access to critical lifesaving resources including fuel, medications, doctors,
and even basic necessities such as groceries. In the remote community of
Crestline, residents are facing increasing numbers of collapsing roofs on homes
and businesses due to the weight of the snow, and the collapse of the roof on
the local grocery store has brought food supplies to dangerously low levels.
Access to local critical infrastructure such as wastewater treatment has also
been cut off in places, risking further catastrophe.