While trees might not actually be trying to take over the world, they are definitely uprooting themselves lately. The weather has been less than nice lately which has had a negative impact on the trees around the city. With lots rain comes flooding. And with flooding comes mudslides and weakening of the soil. With all of that comes giant trees toppling down because they just can’t support themselves as much as they would like to. It’s not a happy thing, and those living this current nightmare are going to find themselves hoping they’ve kept up on their home insurance. How is the city going to recover?
Mayor Kevin Faulconer declared a state of emergency for the city Friday, following a series of storms that caused millions in damage and deadly flooding across the region in January.
San Diego City Council will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 7. to ratify the declaration.
While Gov. Jerry Brown has already declared an emergency proclamation on the state level, a local proclamation is needed to secure state assistance.
A state and local proclamation allows San Diego to claim assistance through the California Disaster Assistance Act.
“We believe we have a strong case in applying for and receiving emergency aid from the state,” John Valencia, City of San Diego Office of Homeland Security Executive Director, said. “We estimate that close to $5 million may be recouped following the severe storms that pounded our City last month.”
January’s storms prompted emergency crews to respond to a variety of calls, ranging from emergency response calls to swiftwater rescues, tree and debris removal, and traffic control. City officials announced this week that they estimate damages in the county during the stormy weather could range from $4.6 to $5.1 million.
These storms are no joke. The force of nature is a scary thing to try to fight against. Trees seem so powerful and eternal as they tower above the rest of the world, but take away their support and you get the picture. You might have some issues with fallen trees yourself. Depending on where your property is, you might have a host of fallen trees dotting your yard. No matter the size, you should remove them. It’s going to be a big, back-breaking job. Don’t try to do it yourself. Hire the professionals who can do the job for you: http://www.allcleartree.com/removal.
Whether or not the city gets the relief money they’re hoping for is another thing. It’s been a tough winter storm that seems to be tapering off a bit. There’s no denying this storm was stronger than perhaps expected. It’s also seems to have lasted a bit longer than most of us would like. Let’s hope that the storm is actually ending. It would be nice to get a bit of a break from all the rain and mess. No likes to clean up a mess they didn’t make, but we’re not being given much of a choice. Let’s hope the power of positivity can bring us some sunshine and rainbows. At least that way it’ll look nicer outside.