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President Trump Approves Federal Relief For San Diego's Storm Damages

Two eucalyptus trees smashed five cars at UCSD this morning due to overly saturated ground, Jan. 20, 2017.
Susan Murphy
Two eucalyptus trees smashed five cars at UCSD this morning due to overly saturated ground, Jan. 20, 2017.

President Donald Trump Thursday approved Gov. Jerry Brown's request and declared a state-of-emergency declaration for counties across California in response to damage from the powerful storms that struck in January.

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Trump's order will make federal assistance available to supplement state, local and tribal recovery efforts, along with certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis, in the areas affected by the heavy rainfall that occurred from January 18-23.

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San Diego County is eligible for relief, along with the counties of El Dorado, Kern, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Napa, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Trinity, Tuolumne and Yolo.

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The White House also announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has named Timothy J. Scranton as the federal coordinating officer for the recovery effort in the affected areas.