January 3, 2018
President Trump approved multiple disaster declarations for states recently affected by recent storms and wildfires in the U.S.
On Tuesday, the president made federal funds available for the states of California, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Part of the money will be used for mitigation measures on a cost-sharing basis nationwide.
This comes after devastating wildfires ravaged through California in December with the Thomas Fire becoming the largest blaze in California’s modern history.
The president declared the situation a major disaster as local and state officials continue leading recovery efforts in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
President Trump also signed off on aid for Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire following major flooding caused by a severe storm back in October.
The storm knocked out power to 1.5 million homes and businesses at it’s peak, damaging dozens of residences and affecting travel across the region.
Heavy rain and high winds toppled thousands of trees, downed several power lines, and marked it as one of the worst outages since the great North American Ice Storm of 1998.
The White House said emergency work will be funded for multiple counties impacted by the damages left behind in each state as crews continue clean-up efforts and emergency repairs.
Additional aid may be requested at a later date pending further damage assessments.