Water & Drought

Gov. Brown declares state of emergency in Sacramento, most other counties following storms

Drone shows high rushing water at Sacramento area weirs

This month is the fourth wettest January on record in Sacramento. A total of 9.85 inches has fallen in Sacramento – and the month is not over. That places January 2017 fourth in the record books. This video from John Hannon courtesy of Sacramento
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This month is the fourth wettest January on record in Sacramento. A total of 9.85 inches has fallen in Sacramento – and the month is not over. That places January 2017 fourth in the record books. This video from John Hannon courtesy of Sacramento

Following two weeks of winter storms, Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Sacramento and 49 other counties, making them eligible for money to fix roads and make other repairs.

The declaration, issued late Monday, covers much of Northern California, including Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo, Yuba, Sutter, Tehama and Calaveras counties. All but eight of California’s 58 counties are included. The declaration said damage estimates are in the “tens of millions of dollars.”

Brown’s order directs the state Department of Transportation to seek money from the Federal Highway Administration to repair or rebuild highways. It also directs the state Office of Emergency Services to provide other relief for local governments.

The storms caused flooding in portions of rural south Sacramento County and damaged several roads in the Sierra Nevada, which was pounded with some of the heaviest snow seen in years. Power was knocked out in thousands of homes, and trees were toppled throughout the state.

Brown issued a second state of emergency declaration covering flooding in December in Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Shasta, Santa Cruz and Trinity counties.

Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler

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