SAN DIEGO — Nearly a month after the Jan. 22 atmospheric river storms wreaked havoc on San Diego County, residents are still recovering from the impacts.
Jan. 22 storm impacts
Following the heavy rain and flash flooding on Monday, Jan. 22, the city and county both declared a state of emergency. Governor Newsom in early February announced California’s federal request for a Major Disaster Declaration to aid San Diego County.
Areas hit hardest during the late January storms included Southcrest, Mountain View, Encanto, San Ysidro, Sorrento Valley and Mission Valley. The City of Coronado also had significant flooding as did other areas in pockets. Several schools across the county were flooded and had to temporarily cancel classes. Roads were closed all over, leading to a massive response from first responders.
The City of Carlsbad has followed suit with a proclamation of a storm-related emergency for removal of sediment and vegetation on the Buena Vista Creek concrete channel near El Camino Real and State Route 78.
Carlsbad City Council at their meeting Tuesday evening will vote on ratifying the proclamation for the repair of a storm drain pipeline on Carlsbad Village Drive near Pontiac Drive.
San Diego County’s announces short-term lodging program
San Diego County announced Monday it is now able to help out with up to a month of temporary housing.
The first group that will be prioritized for the temporary housing are those already in hotel rooms where funding is running low, and those who have not been in hotels yet, but still need a place to stay, according to the announcement.
In partnership with several nonprofits, the county began transitioning people to the temporary housing over the weekend and say they will continue throughout the week.
Flood-impacted San Diegans can visit the Virtual Assistance Center or call 211 to apply for emergency lodging. Those who have already filled out the county’s online survey are being considered as well.
Applications will be accepted through Feb. 23.
The county noted everyone who applies will be contacted, even if they are ineligible.
The funding is available for the county’s short-term lodging program from the $10 million flood relief program that was unanimously approved by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Jan. 30.
Visit the County of San Diego’s Storm Recovery Resources online page to help you find information while San Diegans continue to recover from the historic flooding.