Relentless storms hit California, pushing death toll to 20

Relentless storms hit California, pushing death toll to 20

owner17. January 2023

The death toll from the severe storms and floods that ravaged the state of California for two weeks has risen to at least 20 after record rainfall and snowfall continued throughout the holiday weekend. The director of the California governor’s Office of Emergency Services described the storms as “one of the deadliest natural disasters in our state’s modern history.” A little over 17 inches of rain fell in Ventura County in the past week. Some residents in the county had to be evacuated by helicopter after floods and mudslides blocked access to their homes. About 2 inches of rain fell in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, setting a new record. Some parts of the Sierra Nevada received more than a meter of snow.

President Biden passed a major disaster declaration for California over the weekend. Biden plans to visit part of California’s central coast on Thursday.