Governor Brown declared a state of emergency in order to help those affected by the recent storm. This declaration will help to secure the funding needed to recover from the damage sustained due to the severe winter storms. The storms followed extreme drought conditions which led to flooding, mudslides, erosion, debris flow, and damage to roads and highways.
Governor Brown said that the full scope of the damage caused by the storms is still being assessed, but is expected to be in the tens of millions of dollars. The magnitude, which is beyond what any single local government can handle as far as the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities.
These emergency proclamations were issued as a result of the December and January storms and covers 50 California counties including: Alameda, Alpine, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba and Del Norte .
Funding and resources will come from the Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief Program for highway repairs or reconstruction. The Office of Emergency Services will provide assistance to the counties under the authority of the California Disaster Assistance Act.
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