Yesterday, Acting Governor Abel Maldonado requested President Obama declare a major disaster for the State of California, including Riverside County as a result of severe winter storms.
Maldonado estimated total expenses have exceeded $100 million and were continuing to grow. Riverside County costs were more than $10.5 million.
In the letter, Maldonado discussed the damage caused by last week’s rains and emphasized that the National Weather Service was predicting more rainfall during the next week.[Editor’s note: Idyllwild received more than 1.5 inches Wednesday, Dec. 29.]
Other counties included in the state’s request for emergency assistance are Inyo, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Tulare.
On Dec. 14, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had already ordered the implementation of State Emergency Plan. A week later, in accordance with federal law, he proclaimed State of Emergency in six counties including Riverside.