Cliff Notes on the News

Cliff Notes on the News

Veteran San Diego news director and reporter Cliff Albert shares his thoughts on the latest news and stories each weekday at 7:22am. Full Bio


What's Needed Now as the Recovery and the Rain Continue

It’s not over. Another storm today that follows the earlier storms and the rain continues.

And also not over, and very far from it, is what at least 1,000 people across several San Diego neighborhoods are facing; flooded-out and heavily damaged homes from the historic storm on January 22nd.

That’s how many people a new report says were forced from their homes that day when flood waters rose.

According to new data the Voice of San Diego compiled from various flood relief organizations, at least 1,000 and probably more cannot live in their homes and are worried about where they can live and how they are going to be able to pay for it.

The Voice of San Diego report says an early damage report by state and federal officials shows that 595 buildings sustained “major” damage — meaning that floodwaters rose above 18 inches or the building was left uninhabitable. 

While many local agencies are offering help, from the YMCA and Salvation Army and more, many of the displaced flood victims live paycheck to paycheck and are afraid of what’s ahead as they look to recover, repair or rebuild their homes and their lives.

And now more than two weeks later, this week’s storms have them on edge even more as the rain continues to fall.

When disasters strike, everyone in a community helps out, organizations and individuals. And that is what is needed now.

(Photo Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 23: A person works to help tow away a vehicle dislodged by flooding the day after an explosive rainstorm caused flooding in areas of San Diego County on January 23, 2024 in San Diego, California. The intense rains forced doPhoto: Getty Images

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