Orange County was added by California Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday to the long list of areas hit hard by the string of violent winter storms that have hit the Golden State in recent months.
Now 43 out of California’s 58 counties have been added, thanks to Newsom’s inclusion of Orange County and the addition of Alpine and Trinity Counties.
A major storm last week dropped feet of snow and precipitation over the state, and many places are still reeling from the aftermath.
This is the first time Newsom has declared a state of emergency. Thirteen counties, including Los Angeles and San Bernardino, were included in that initial statement.
For the past few days, the majority of the state’s counties have joined the declaration as recovery operations have become overwhelming.
According to a statement released by the Governor’s Office, preparations are still being made to aid communities across the state that may be affected by the storms that are expected to continue until the middle of March.
Residents across the Golden State are still reeling from the effects of the exceptionally rainy season, which has reportedly been marked by 11 atmospheric rivers since the beginning of 2023 and shows no signs of abating.
With another couple of storms on the way in the next week, there are still a number of critical issues that need to be addressed, including damage from flooding and debris flows, residents confined inside their homes due to enormous amounts of snow, and significant road repairs.
Federal aid for the affected areas was authorized under President Joe Biden’s emergency proclamation on Friday.