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    Following Rep. Carbajal Push, Biden Administration Approves Federal Disaster Declaration for Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties

    Reps. Carbajal and Jimmy Panetta urged update to disaster declaration issued earlier this week for California’s rain and flood damage

    Last night, following a request from Congressmen Salud Carbajal (CA-24) and Jimmy Panetta (CA-19), the Biden-Harris Administration approved an amendment to California’s federal disaster declaration to include Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.

    “I am grateful to President Biden, FEMA, state officials, and our local leaders and emergency managers for working quickly to ensure Central Coast first responders can get the resources they need to respond to the damage brought by this week’s storms,” said Rep. Carbajal. “I will continue to utilize every resource at my office’s disposal to help support those who have been working day and night to save lives and protect our communities as we survey the damage and brace for the rain and flooding still to come.

    “I urge all Central Coast residents to continue to heed the warnings of our first responders and emergency response teams. The danger has not yet passed, hazards remain, and vigilance is critical to keeping you and your family safe.”

    The original declaration, approved on Monday by President Biden, covered 17 counties in California, including Ventura.

    The amendment approved last night added the two Central Coast counties and 12 others.

    The letter sent yesterday by Carbajal and Panetta can be found HERE.

    Rep. Salud Carbajal
    Rep. Salud Carbajalhttps://carbajal.house.gov/
    Congressman Salud Carbajal represents the 24th Congressional District of California. The District includes the entirety of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, and a portion of Ventura County. Salud sits on the House Committee on Armed Services, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where he was elected to serve as the Vice Chair.


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