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Ventura County leaders are seeing for themselves what needs to be done to clean up after big storm

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Caroline Feraday
Mud and debris have affected homes and routes across Ventura County

The clean up effort in the Tri-Counties after the storm on January 9th will cost millions of dollars.

Another truck passes by, as work to clear mud and debris from Creek Road in Ojai - which is closed to traffic - continues.

"What these homeowners are having to face is beyond belief and they need all the help they can get," Ventura County Supervisor, Matt Lavere told KCLU as he toured the county on Monday.

Lavere said that county leaders are rallying to get support to those affected by the storm earlier this month.

"It's going to take a lot of people and a lot of government agencies working together," he said. "It's not our first rodeo, we've been in disasters before and we know what needs to be done to help them."

He said that seeing the damage with his own eyes enables leaders to "pull every lever we can", to enable financial aid for those affected.

Lavere saids that the full cost of the clean-up effort from the January 9 storm is yet to be counted.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for ten years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.