This winter, following a historically long and intense drought, California experienced heavier rainfall and snowfall than they have in decades. On March 10, rain and snow inundated parts of California, prompting 9,000 people to evacuate. In addition, 37,000 households lost power.
In Santa Cruz County, an overflowing creek destroyed part of Main Street in Soquel, a town of 10,000 people, and isolated several neighborhoods. The storms brought significant snowfall to the Sierra Nevada and San Bernardino Mountains, knocking out power and heat. The San Bernardino Mountains received record snowfall, and local residents said that the amount of snow was unlike anything they have ever experienced. President Biden approved California’s request for an emergency declaration, freeing up additional resources for 34 affected counties.
CERF+ shares your concern for those impacted by the storms and we need your help. If you know craft artists who suffered significant losses as a result of the severe weather, please help us spread the word that they can apply for CERF+’s Emergency Relief grant program. Questions? Please contact [email protected].
The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides confidential, multilingual crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S./territories experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters, including COVID-19. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to reach a trained counselor 24/7, 365-days-a-year.