In a letter dated March 26th, forty-seven (47) members of the California Congressional delegation called on the Biden Administration to grant Governor Gavin Newsom’s request for a major disaster declaration in response to the ongoing impacts of winter storms that made landfall in California from January 31 through February 9. The recent storms had a profound impact, with heavy snowfall in the Sierra Nevada mountains, widespread river and urban flooding, strong winds, and substantial precipitation. These weather events caused damage to federal and state highways, critical infrastructure, homes, and buildings. In response, lawmakers rallied behind California’s request for President Biden’s approval of public assistance for nine counties, including the RCRC member counties of Butte; Glenn; Monterey; San Luis Obispo; Santa Barbara; and Sutter, along with the counties of Los Angeles, Santa Cruz and Ventura. The letter also requested statewide hazard mitigation assistance. The full text of the letter is available here.