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Biden approves emergency declaration for California after severe floods | USA TODAY

President Joe Biden approved a federal emergency declaration for California following severe weather conditions.

RELATED: Seven feet of snow falls in parts of California; residents stranded

An atmospheric river battering California has prompted evacuations, a Presidential Emergency Declaration and a warning that Saturday afternoon will bring more heavy rain to portions of the state.

Meanwhile, forecasters said a winter storm could dump a foot of snow or more on northeast North Dakota, part of a storm impacting parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan this weekend.

In California, roads dramatically flooded around Kern County and National Guard members encountered floodwaters as they deployed to help first responders in Santa Cruz County.

More than 9,000 California residents were under evacuation orders Friday. First responders rescued dozens of people Saturday in a Northern California agricultural community after the Pajaro River’s levee was breached.

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