Alameda County residents can get financial help for recent storm damage

The balcony of a home sits in San Lorenzo Creek after the recent heavy storms caused erosion, also damaging the road. (Credit: Alameda County Public Works Agency)

Alameda County residents who were impacted by the recent storms can request financial help from the federal government until mid-March.

On Thursday, Feb. 2, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that Alameda County, along with Contra Costa, Mendocino and Ventura counties, was added to the major disaster declaration for the storms and flooding that occurred starting Dec. 27. That means homeowners and renters who suffered damage or losses during the storms can apply for grants to cover temporary housing, essential housing repairs and other disaster-related needs, including medical expenses, transportation, child care, and moving and storage expenses.

The deadline to apply is March 16.

“If you have insurance, first file a claim with your insurance provider,” the Thursday press release states. “FEMA provides assistance to applicants for your uninsured or underinsured disaster-caused expenses and serious needs.”

Apply for assistance by visiting, downloading the FEMA mobile app or calling the FEMA help line at 800-621-3362 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.

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