Governor declares state of emergency for storm-wrenched California
Mar 8, 2017 at 2:00pm
Kurtis Alexander, SF Gate
Jerry Brown on Tuesday declared a state of emergency and requested federal aid for parts of California hard hit by winter storms.
The emergency declaration applies to 53 of California’s 58 counties, including all in the Bay Area. The order mobilizes the state’s Office of Emergency Services to the affected areas and directs the Department of Transportation to seek federal relief for damaged roads and highways.
California has been pummeled by one of its wettest winters in decades, resulting in widespread flooding, mudslides and infrastructure problems. San Jose is still reeling from tens of millions of dollars of losses after a major creek in the city overflowed its banks and forced 14,000 households to evacuate.