ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA — Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley provided an update at a press conference related to the landslide San Clemente. Four apartment buildings have been red tagged with officials deeming them unsafe for residents to enter. During the press conference, it was announced that President Biden expanded the federal state of emergency in California to include Orange County, allowing residents to receive relief from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“Orange County continues to see the impacts of the storm throughout our communities with the landslide in San Clemente displacing residents, the hillside collapsing beneath homes in Newport Beach, and the sewage spill in Dana Point,” said Supervisor Foley. “After the state of emergency was declared, our County of Orange Unified command is now activated to coordinate all interagency efforts with our cities to provide the support to families. As we continue to monitor the incidents across the county, we want to make sure that tenants who have been displaced have the ability to find housing.”
“Since Tuesday's proclamation of emergency, approximately $4 million dollars in damages have already been officially reported throughout the entire County to the County Emergency Operations Center, but we expect that number to significantly increase as much of the most significant damage takes more time to calculate. I want to thank our Orange County Sheriff's Department, the Orange County Fire Authority, and all of our local partners who quickly came together to address this crisis. It is critical that residents who have personal damages to their property or businesses tell their local officials, so we can access critical state and federal resources and find solutions for anyone who needs help,” Supervisor Foley added.
On Tuesday, March 14, 2023, Supervisor Foley’s proposal to Proclaim of Local State of Emergency to support storm response as a result of the hillside collapse in the Dover Shores community in Newport Beach and other weather-related events throughout Orange County was unanimously adopted by the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
Following the County’s local declaration of emergency, Governor Newsom expanded the state of emergency to include Orange County.
Since the state of emergency was declared, there have been landslides leading to the closure of Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point and behind the four red-tagged apartment buildings in San Clemente as well as a sewage spill in Dana Point.
Orange County residents can contact the office of Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley at (714) 834-3550 for support.
Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2022 to represent the newly established District 5, which includes the cities of Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, a large portion of Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, as well as the unincorporated areas of Coto de Caza, Emerald Bay, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Rancho Mission Viejo, Stonecliffe and Wagon Wheel. This is her second term on the Board of Supervisors, where she previously served District 2.
Supervisor Foley’s Board appointments include the Orange County Fire Authority, Coastal Greenbelt Authority, Law Library Board of Trustees, Newport Bay and South Orange County Watershed Executive Committees, OC Public Libraries Advisory Board, Orange County Housing Finance Trust, Orange County Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, Orange County Transportation Authority, and the Transportation Corridor Agency.