Placer County Declares Local Emergency Because Of Storms
Michael J. Boyle, assistant director of emergency services for Placer County, has declared a local emergency in response to storm damages that have occurred since late March.
The declaration has been forwarded to the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Placer County is asking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to proclaim a state of emergency in the county so local government agencies can get state help in dealing with flood-related damage.
Placer County roadways in unincorporated areas, particularly Foresthill Road and Ophir Road, have been significantly damaged by the rain and mudslides, which threaten the safety of people and property.
“Our road crews have been working extended hours to respond to a variety of roadway obstructions at all hours of the day and night,” said county Office of Emergency Services Program Manager Rui Cunha. “Naturally, this adds to our costs as well.”
Costs to public agencies continue to be reviewed, but so far appear to top $1 million.
The Placer County Board of Supervisors will be asked to ratify the emergency declaration during their meeting on Tuesday, April 18.