Governor Declares State of Emergency to Address Storm Damage
January 26, 2 017
Governor Brown issued two disaster proclamations this week, covering much of the state and offering some additional help for counties that suffered damage from recent extreme weather. These proclamations can help communities secure state and federal funding to respond to the severe winter storms in December and January that included high winds and substantial rainfall and caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, debris flow, and damage to roads and highways.
These proclamations set several events in motion aimed at helping communities cope with the effects of the storms. CalTrans will now formally request assistance from the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program; the Office of Administrative Services can provide assistance directly to counties; and all state agencies and personnel, equipment, and facilities are available for deployment to address the disasters.
CSAC reported last week on how the drought might be affected by recent precipitation. While the extreme storms delivered large amounts of rainfall, due to the state’s network of water storage and delivery, and reliance on groundwater, the drought impact is uncertain.