(KRON) — Sunday evening, President Joe Biden declared an emergency in California due to the successive winter storms hitting the state, according to a statement from the White House.
Biden ordered Federal assistance to help state, tribal and local response efforts to deal with the conditions brought on by the storms in the counties of El Dorado, Los Angeles, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, Stanislaus and Ventura.
Biden has authorized the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to authorize equipment and resources to alleviate the impacts of the storms on the local populations.
In the meantime, Northern California city leaders are taking matters into their own hands. San Mateo Mayor Amourence Lee has launched a GoFundMe to support San Mateo flood victims including residents and businesses.
“We cannot wait for FEMA or the State, we need to step up when we see our neighbors and our local businesses in need.,” Mayor Lee wrote in the GoFundMe. “That is the San Mateo Way. San Mateans want to help folks get back on their feet.”
“Long term, I hope we come away from this experience unified in supporting climate resiliency. San Mateo needs greater investments in our infrastructure and municipal services because our City employees are our first responders,” Lee told KRON4 in an email.
The GoFundMe had already raised of $13,000 as of 10:15 a.m. Monday.