In December, Gov. Jerry Brown has challenged the Trump administration on climate change, immigration, Obamacare, and other issues. On Friday, the Gov. Brown turned to his potential nemesis for help — specifically, asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to declare a major disaster after the state was hammered by storms, floods and mudslides. This request comes at an interesting movement for relations between the California and the federal government with Brown openly criticizing the president and Trump calling California “out of control” on Twitter.
In letter, Brown said years of years of drought had left the ground unable to absorb “massive amounts of rainfall in such a short period of time.” and the storm system was so severe and widespread that state and local governments need federal assistance to continue dealing with the problems it created.
Some of the specific damages listed in the request letter:
- “Placer County Water Agency’s American River potable water intake facility suffered damage to four intake plates and siphoning screens, causing the headwall to be undermined and scouring
- “Browns Valley Irrigation District’s Yuba River Diversion Channel reached capacity, requiring emergency excavation and dredging.”
- “Storm debris filled Lake Francis in Dobbins.”
- “Residents of Alta were isolated when a 110-foot long section of the only access road collapsed, causing serious risk to public health and safety.”
You can read the full letter requesting funds here
Brown estimated that the public cleanup in California will cost more than $162 million. He attacked Trump’s energy and environmental policies at a forum for scientists in December. The governor vowed to protect climate research and policies aimed at curbing global warming. “We’ve got the scientists, we’ve got the lawyers and we’re ready to fight,” Brown told the audience.
Trump granted a similar request last month from Oregon, another blue state, which suffered from a severe winter storm before Christmas.