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Jerry Brown requests a third presidential disaster declaration

Valerie Bronstein stands inside her garage where she shields herself from the rain where, the night before, her large tree on 39th Street near S Street, was toppled by high winds, crashing into her neighbors home and knocking out power which continued into Thursday, Jan. 19 in Sacramento. Gov. Jerry Brown has requested a presidential disaster declaration for the storms that hit the state from Jan. 18 through Jan. 23.
Valerie Bronstein stands inside her garage where she shields herself from the rain where, the night before, her large tree on 39th Street near S Street, was toppled by high winds, crashing into her neighbors home and knocking out power which continued into Thursday, Jan. 19 in Sacramento. Gov. Jerry Brown has requested a presidential disaster declaration for the storms that hit the state from Jan. 18 through Jan. 23. rpench@sacbee.com

Gov. Jerry Brown asked President Donald Trump on Tuesday to declare a major disaster for California due to damage caused by heavy rains that hit the state from Jan. 18 to 23.

“This record-breaking precipitation resulted in numerous rivers, creeks and streams again exceeding flood stages throughout California,” Brown wrote Trump, saying the storms caused flooding, breached levees, left an estimated 55,000 homes and businesses without power, and led to six deaths.

A presidential disaster declaration would make available federal assistance to reimburse state and local costs, small-business loans and other programs. Tuesday’s request seeks public assistance for 16 California counties, including Sacramento and El Dorado.

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