Governor Brown Proclaims Humboldt, Trinity, and Mendocino a State of Emergency Due to Storms

Governor Jerry Brown paved the way for counties battered by rain, snow, and wind these last couple of weeks to get financial relief to deal with the damage. He issued the following proclamation:

Press release:

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Governor Jerry Brown

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. …issued two emergency proclamations to secure funding to help communities respond to and recover from severe winter storms that have caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, debris flow and damage to roads and highways.

The emergency proclamations issued due to January and December storms – for the counties of 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 – direct Caltrans to formally request immediate assistance through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program. The proclamations also direct the Office of Emergency Services to provide assistance to local governments.

The full text of the emergency proclamations is below:

PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY

WHEREAS beginning on January 3, 2017, a storm system resulting from an atmospheric river swept across California, bringing high winds, substantial precipitation, and flooding, which has severely impacted counties throughout the State; and

WHEREAS due to extreme drought conditions throughout the State, this storm system caused dangerous flash flooding, erosion, and substantial mud and debris flows; and

WHEREAS this storm system caused damage to roads and highways throughout the State; and

WHEREAS state and local officials are still assessing the full scope of the damage caused by these storms, with preliminary estimates totaling tens of millions of dollars; and

WHEREAS the circumstances of the storm damage, by reason of their magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of any single local government and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat; and

WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8558(b) of the California Government Code, I find that conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property exist due to the storm damage in 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, and Yuba counties.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the state Constitution and statutes, including the California Emergency Services Act, and in particular, section 8625 of the California Government Code, HEREBY PROCLAIM A STATE OF EMERGENCY to exist within 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, and Yuba counties.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:

1. The California Department of Transportation shall formally request immediate assistance through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program, Title 23, United States Code section 125, in order to obtain federal assistance for highway repairs or reconstruction.

2. The Office of Emergency Services shall provide assistance to the counties, as appropriate and based upon damage assessments received from local governments, under the authority of the California Disaster Assistance Act, California Government Code section 8680 et seq. and California Code of Regulations, Title 19, section 2900 et seq.

3. All agencies of the state government utilize and employ state personnel, equipment, and facilities for the performance of any and all activities related to this state of emergency consistent with the direction of my Office of Emergency Services and the State Emergency Plan.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this proclamation be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given of this proclamation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 23rd day of January 2017.

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21 comments

  • More welfare from welfare king brown📫

  • Hey Jerry! How about repaving on Briceland road from town to the river, before the whole damn thing slides down the hill! Thanks! OH and a few more radar cops to smoke those dope-dozers while they speed to town…

  • AND, it does not have to rain hard for Humboldt County to be a disaster area…

  • Could someone get the Blue Slide at Price Creek Road fixed now, please? Nearly half the northbound lane has fallen completely away. The gubbmint knows about it, there’s little plastic sticks installed so you can imagine not falling off the edge.
    There is actually nothing preventing the fall – if there ever was a safety edge here, it’s long washed away.

  • Your local monies are being squandered, don’t waste your breath.

  • As soon as we collect all that weed tax money we won’t need any outside help. Thanks anyway, Governor Brown.

  • Classic Economics

    So…basically every county is declared an emergency? Because we finally had a normal winter? Okay.

  • That’s right milk the federal teat before we secede from the USA. Just don’t talk about Jefferson or you’ll be called a right wing nut job.

  • So can I write off snow clearing / tree work on my taxes now?

  • Well that’ll keep some of U.S. money from leaving the country….

  • this isn’t even a bad winter wtf, ya we haven’t had a good winter in awhile but it’s no state of emergency, when you don’t maintain a majority of the roads for decades of course you will have some problems

  • Does this apply to storm damage to private roads?

  • Comment sections in local blogs these days definitely showing signs of cabin fever. County roads crews are being clobbered by the widespread damage to already substandard roads. Geologists describe this area as a “ditch full of mud” and its all moving.

  • Like we’ll really get help! Our roads are shit holes.you almost can drive every road and hit shit holes!they patch and fill them and it rains and they patch and fill them.Just do it right the first time.Insanity!!!

  • My favorite thing I’ve seen this year was about 40 miles of reflectors replaced from Red Bluff going west. about 50% of them are all over the side of the roads now because cal trans plowed them off the road. money well spent!

  • For you people who are saying “boo hoo it rained thats no state emergency” well my facebook was down for over 2 hours so yes, yes it is a state of emergency, i couldnt post a selfie for over 2 hours! what kind of world is this?

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