California declared in state of emergency as rare rain storms leave 12 dead and 120,000 without power

President Biden issued a State of Emergency warning for California earlier this week due to the rain.

All over California, this issue of rain has caused 12 deaths in the short span of 10 days. According to the White House, President Joe Biden officially declared that the state of California is in a state of emergency on January 8th. The amount of rain California has been enduring is the first in decades. The record was made in January of 1943 with 25.83 inches of rain. Though California has yet to reach this level, it has received 10 inches in this rain season.

Although this past storm was highly severe, Californians have gotten a bit of their notorious weather back. This warmth is very short-lived, and officials warn that the state is not out of the woods yet. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for much of the state, and residents are urged to take precautions and stay informed about the latest weather updates.

The rain storm has also caused damage to infrastructure and highways. The California Department of Transportation has reported several road closures and landslides, making it difficult for commuters to get around. Public transportation has also been affected, with delays and cancellations on trains and buses.

The state government, along with local authorities, have been working to provide assistance to those affected by the storm. Emergency shelters have been set up for those who have been displaced, and resources have been made available for those in need of food, clothing, and other essentials. Despite the challenges, Californians have been coming together to support one another and help those in need. Many volunteer organizations have been working around the clock to provide aid, and locals have been offering their homes as temporary shelters for those affected.

The storm is expected to continue for a few more days, and officials are urging Californians to remain vigilant and follow all safety precautions. They also remind residents to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly and those with special needs, to ensure that they are safe and have access to the resources they need.