Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Gov. Schwarzenegger Proclaims State of Emergency in Four Additional Counties Due to Extreme Winds and Heavy Rain
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today proclaimed a state of emergency for Colusa , Del Norte, El Dorado and Sierra Counties in response to the extreme winds and heavy rain beginning January 3, 2008. Since Saturday, the Governor has proclaimed an emergency in Butte , Glenn, Kings, Placer, Sacramento , San Francisco , Sutter, Yuba and Yolo Counties due to the storms.
The Governor’s emergency proclamation allows the Office of Emergency Services (OES) to deploy additional emergency personnel, equipment and facilities and provide local government assistance under the authority of the California Disaster Assistance Act.
The text of the Governor’s emergency proclamation is below:
BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
WHEREAS a series of winter storms that commenced on January 3, 2008, has brought extreme wind conditions, unusually heavy rains, and high snow levels throughout the state; and
WHEREAS on January 5, 2008, I proclaimed a State of Emergency in the Counties of Glenn, Kings, and Sacramento to address the conditions of emergency as a result of the winter storms; and
WHEREAS on January 7, 2008, I proclaimed a State of Emergency in the Counties of Butte, Placer, San Francisco, Sutter, Yuba, and Yolo to address the conditions of emergency as a result of the winter storms; and
WHEREAS these and other areas of California continue to suffer the impacts of the winter storms; and
WHEREAS the storms caused downed trees and power lines, which continues to disrupt electrical power and communications; and
WHEREAS the disruption of electrical power and communications continues to threatened critical public services, including government services, public safety and medical care, and water treatment; and
WHEREAS the Counties of Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, and Sierra have now declared local emergencies and requested a state proclamation of emergency as a result of the conditions of emergency as a result of winter storms; and
WHEREAS the circumstances of the storms, by reason of their magnitude, are or are
likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of any single county, city and county, or city 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 these events.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California , in accordance with the authority vested in me by the state Constitution and the California Emergency Services Act, and in particular, section 8625 of the California Government Code, HEREBY PROCLAIM A STATE OF EMERGENCY to exist within the Counties of Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado , and Sierra.
Pursuant to this proclamation, I extend the directions, orders and authorities of the January 5, 2008 Proclamation of a State of Emergency to include the Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, and Sierra.
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 9th day of January 2008.
Governor of California
Secretary of State