Santa Clara County and San Jose will receive $2.4 million in federal emergency grants to repair flood damage from 2017, Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-San Jose], announced on Aug. 22.
Lofgren submitted a bipartisan letter with 27 California members of Congress asking for a Major Disaster Declaration in March 2017, which President Donald Trump signed in April 2017.
Statewide storms in February resulted in eight deaths and had devastating effects in 48 of the state’s 58 counties, according to the request.
During this time, California broke 80 daily precipitation records and a majority of the state’s counties declared local emergencies, struggling to address broken infrastructure and isolated communities in need of resources.
The South San Jose neighborhoods of Rock Springs, William Street, and Oakland Road were hit the hardest when Coyote Creek flooded in mid-February. Over 11,000 people were evacuated from homes and several mobile home parks were submerged.
“I’m glad to see the federal government respond to California’s request for assistance,” Lofgren said in a statement. “These funds will go a long way towards helping repair the damage caused by severe weather during the winter of 2017.”
The county will receive about $1.1 million as a reimbursement for broken pavement repairs on Croy Road near Uvas Canyon County Park. The remaining amount, approximately $1.3 million, will go to San Jose, according to the representative’s office.