Extreme Weather in USA on January 22 2017 12:11 PM (UTC).
California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday declared a state of emergency in San Benito County - among others - due to recent flooding. Local officials had been seeking the designation for nearly two weeks, prompted by flooding of the Pacheco Creek that impacted the Lovers Lane area. Another round of flooding occurred Friday, Jan. 20 and into the weekend. The combination of flooding, potential water contamination, damage to bridges and roads and waterway conditions that may require emergency response and repairs prompted county officials to formally proclaim a local emergency and ask Brown to proclaim a state of emergency for the county. Kevin O'Neill, the county's deputy director of emergency services and Acting Assistant County Counsel Barbara Thompson signed the emergency proclamation on Thursday, Jan. 12 based on a county ordinance that empowers officials to "proclaim the existence or threatened existence of a local emergency when said County is affected or likely to be affected by a public calamity," and when the Board of Supervisors is not in session. The full Board of Supervisors later affirmed the resolution in a special meeting. The county proclamation stated that the "effects of the storm are beyond the capabilities of the County of San Benito," prompting officials to ask the governor to declare a state of emergency and seek state and federal assistance, including a U.S. Small Business Administration disaster declaration. Brown on Monday 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 San Benito and 49 other counties - 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, according to the governor's office.