Yolo County issues local emergency declaration over flooding

Yolo County officials have issued a local emergency declaration due to flooding and other issues caused by strong winter storms.
FILE: Cars are submerged in water on a road next to a flooded alfalfa farm near Madison on Jan. 17, 2019. Photo by Matthew Keys/Winters Express
FILE: Cars are submerged in water on a road next to a flooded alfalfa farm near Madison on Jan. 17, 2019. Photo by Matthew Keys/Winters Express

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A copy of the declaration was supplied to the Express by a county official on Thursday. County officials are now seeking a regional emergency declaration from Gov. Gavin Newsom at the state level that could free up emergency disaster relief funds for areas impacted by flooding and other weather-related events throughout Yolo County. Officials are also seeking emergency assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. DOCUMENT: Read the emergency declaration obtained first by the Express on Thursday In the emergency declaration issued on Wednesday, county officials said the extent of the damage caused by severe weather events dating back to January is still unknown because assessment is being hampered by high water levels and the presence of standing water in some locations. Emergency declarations can be made at any time but must be formally ratified by the Yolo County Board of Supervisors within seven days. Yolo County Spokesperson Beth Gabor said a special Board of Supervisors meeting was being scheduled for next Tuesday at 11 a.m. to formally ratify the latest declaration.]]>

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