President Biden to assess storm damage and recovery efforts in drenched California

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden heads to California on Thursday to assess recovery efforts in the storm-ravaged state.

Biden will meet with California Governor Gavin Newsom and other officials to discuss whether additional federal aid is needed, according to the White House.

“We are all closely monitoring the storms, floods and landslides across California,” Biden said Tuesday as he celebrated the Golden State Warriors NBA championship at the White House. “And our hearts are with… all the families in the communities who are hurting.”

California has seen homes flooded, roofs ripped off houses, levees breached, cars flooded and trees uprooted.

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Video: The weather in California is calming down, but the damage is extensive

President Joe Biden arrives in Zumpango, Mexico on January 8, 2023.

The last

  • California has been ravaged by atmospheric river storms since late December, causing flooding, mudslides and landslides. At least 20 people have died.

  • Biden declared last week that there is an emergency in California, making federal funding available to Merced, Sacramento and Santa Cruz counties. More provinces can be added as damage is assessed.

  • Most counties had at least some damage from the staggering amount of rain and snow California received.

  • Thousands of homes were severely damaged and many roads remain closed.

  • The cost of the damage is expected to exceed $1 billion.

  • In early January, Newsom declared a state of emergency across California to aid the continued response.

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Ryan Orosco, of Brentwood, carries his son Johnny, 7, on his back as his wife Amanda Orosco waits on the front porch to be rescued from their flooded home on Bixler Road in Brentwood, California, on Monday, January 16, 2023

Ryan Orosco, of Brentwood, carries his son Johnny, 7, on his back as his wife Amanda Orosco waits on the front porch to be rescued from their flooded home on Bixler Road in Brentwood, California, on Monday, January 16, 2023

What’s going to happen

Biden will visit Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, where storms have caused severe flooding and landslides. He is accompanied by Deanne Criswell, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. More than 500 employees from FEMA and other federal agencies have been deployed to California to support response and recovery operations.

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Trip is Biden’s third to California as president

Biden last visited the nation’s largest Democratic state in October as part of a West Coast swing to fundraise and rally Democrats for the 2022 election.

Biden also touted a bipartisan infrastructure package in Los Angeles and ordered a chicken quesadilla from a taco stand.

In his only other trip to California as president, Biden campaigned for Newsom ahead of the 2021 governor’s recall election.

President Joe Biden speaks on October 13, 2022 about public transportation investments in Los Angeles, California.

President Joe Biden speaks on October 13, 2022 public transportation investment in Los Angeles, California.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Biden to assess storm damage in California from flooding and landslides