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President issues disaster declarations for Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties

One of the mudslides which closed Highway 150 between Santa Paula and Fillmore this winter.

Move will make FEMA money available to help local and state agencies with disaster recovery efforts from winter storms.

The President has approved federal disaster declarations for Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties for the destructive January and February storms which hit the region.

Saturday’s action by the President opens the door for FEMA funding to assist with repairs from flooding, mudslides, and other damage related to the storms.

The disaster declaration includes the Tri-Counties, as well as six other California counties.

The move supports work by local and state agencies which have already spent millions dealing with the damage.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.