Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California
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Statement on Southern California Flooding

January 23, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) released the following statement in response to reports of widespread flooding throughout Southern California and in particular, the Inland region:


“With rains continuing and flooding only set to get worse across Southern California, I urge Inland Empire residents to exercise extreme caution and limit travel as best they can.  Floodwaters are often deceptive and unpredictable.  Please do not put your life and the lives of first responders at risk. 


“As this situation develops, I will remain in contact with local and state officials and am prepared to work with the governor to request federal assistance if needed.  Once this period of urgency has passed, I will also be engaging in more extensive discussions with each of the cities in the 35th District and their respective emergency services agencies to determine what additional support and resources are needed in order to recover from these damaging storms and prepare for similar events in the future. 


“I give a heartfelt thanks to all the rescuers and first responders who are working round the clock in these difficult conditions and remind residents to always put safety first.  Remember, avoid fallen trees and powerlines, and if you find yourself approaching a flooded street, turn around; don’t drown.”