February 23, 2024
A river of stormwater brought about damages on forty second Road. Photograph by Chris Stone

Mayor Todd Gloria mentioned Thursday that he has been in touch with the White Home in an try and safe federal catastrophe reduction funds for these onerous hit by current heavy rains and flooding.

Gloria on Wednesday spoke with Vice President Kamala Harris in regards to the impacts of the storm that pummeled San Diego on Monday, flooding neighborhoods in Southcrest, Mountain View, Encanto, Mount Hope and Shelltown.

He mentioned “it was comforting to obtain Vice President Harris’ honest supply to be useful in our time of want.”

In lots of instances, (households’) lives had been eternally modified within the span of 20 minutes or much less,” the mayor mentioned. “We’re working with the state and county governments to display that we’ve met the thresholds to safe a federal catastrophe declaration so we are able to mobilize much more help that our affected communities and households desperately want.”

As a part of a separate effort, town is near concluding the method of estimating monetary prices resulting from harm to public services and belongings. That info can be despatched to the state Workplace of Emergency Companies by way of San Diego County officers.

If countywide prices to public services attain $15.1 million and statewide losses attain $72.7 million, the federal authorities can take into account a catastrophe declaration, triggering monetary help to reimburse town for repairs.

Native civic and neighborhood teams are additionally mobilizing to supply help.

The San Diego Basis introduced that it has coordinated with the county to launch the San Diego Flood Response Fund to quickly deploy versatile assets into the neighborhood.

The town and county of San Diego, together with Gov. Gavin Newsom, have declared a state of emergency as a result of flooding. Damages are estimated at tens of millions of {dollars} and with maybe tons of of San Diegans with out properties.

The County of San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce will present grant funding and technical help to companies affected by the emergency in San Diego Metropolis Council District 4, which encompasses most of southeast San Diego, together with Encanto, Mountain View, Skyline and Lincoln Park.

“We perceive the devastating affect that the current flooding has had on companies in District 4, and we’re dedicated to offering rapid assist to assist them recuperate and rebuild,” mentioned Donna DeBerry, president and CEO of the chamber. “Based mostly on the quite a few requests from our native companies in want in Southeast San Diego, we all know that there’s a determined want for monetary assist.”

The chamber encourages affected native companies in District 4 to use for grant funding and help on-line.

– Metropolis Information Service