City of Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn has announced that President Bush has agreed to Hahn’s request to declare Los Angeles a federal disaster area due to the damage caused by last month’s weather.
The city will now be eligible to receive federal funding to help the city recover from the damage caused.
“This funding will help residents and businesses get back on their feet,” Hahn said. “I requested this funding so that Los Angeles residents would have as many resources as possible to help them.”
The cost of storm-related damage in Los Angeles is estimated at more that $84 million, according to the City of Los Angeles.
Hahn declared a local state of emergency in Los Angeles, which was followed by a state-issued emergency declaration.
The state and federal funding Hahn requested is intended to help residents pay for temporary housing, home repairs, uninsured property losses and other needs.
The City of Los Angeles is partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish local assistance centers to help affected residents, who can call 3-1-1 for information.
Residents can apply for assistance at www.fema.gov or call (800) 621-FEMA (621-3362).