SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Governor Jerry Brown requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for the state on Friday.
The purpose of the request is to get money that can bolster ongoing state and local recovery efforts following January storms that have caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, power outages and damage to critical infrastructure across California.
Brown stated that he believes the "storm system is of such severity and magnitude that continued effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments and supplemental federal assistance is necessary."
In his letter about the request, Gov. Brown said that he expects total Public Assistance expenditures to exceed $162.3 million.
President Donald Trump has to now declare this as a major disaster so that California can receive federal money to help with the recovery.