Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency In Marin Following Severe March Storms


7-13-2011

SACRAMENTO Ė Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Marin County following a series of storms in March that swept across California, bringing heavy rain, high winds and flooding.

The full text of the emergency proclamation is below:

PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY


WHEREAS between March 15 and 27, 2011, a series of severe rainstorms swept across California, bringing high winds, excessive precipitation, and flooding; and

WHEREAS these severe storms damaged public and private facilities; and

WHEREAS these storms washed out roads and caused highways to close because of mudslides, debris, floods, and erosion; and

WHEREAS on April 15, 2011, due to the heavy rains and the damage caused to the transportation infrastructure, I proclaimed a state of emergency in 19 counties, and ordered the Department of Transportation to seek federal assistance for highway repairs through the Federal Highway Administrationís Emergency Relief Program; and

WHEREAS on May 24, 2011, the County of Marin Board of Supervisors passed a resolution requesting that I proclaim a state of local emergency due to the extensive damage from the March storms, which significantly affected transportation infrastructure and private property in the County of Marin and its cities; and

WHEREAS the circumstances of these storms, by reason of their magnitude, proved beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of any single county or city and required 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 within the County of Marin resulting from flooding, landslides and property and infrastructure damage caused by the severe March storms;

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 the County of Marin.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:

1. The California Department of Transportation shall formally request immediate assistance through the Federal Highway Administrationís Emergency Relief Program, 23 U.S.C. section 125, in order to obtain federal assistance for critical highway repairs or reconstruction in the County of Marin.

2. All agencies of the state government utilize and employ state personnel, equipment and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of the California Emergency Management Agency 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 12th day of July 2011.



_____________________________
EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor of California


ATTEST:



_____________________________
DEBRA BOWEN
Secretary of State
###