Marin County declares local emergency over storm damage


Marin County officials proclaimed a local state emergency on Friday due to significant storm damage from this week’s atmospheric river. 

Heavy rains combined with saturated ground and high tides triggered mudslides, levee breaches and forced the closure of Highway 37 which remained closed Saturday morning, according to county officials. 

Engineers who are assessing the storm damage want to mitigate effects on the nearby properties and roadways.

The county administrator is recommending that the Board of Supervisors ratify the proclamation at a meeting on Tuesday. 

The ratified proclamation would then be to Governor Newsom and the state’s Office of Emergency Services for consideration. 

The emergency declaration would allow Marin County to exercise all necessary authority to protect lives and property and arrange for the restoration of resources with a minimum of interruption or delay.

It would also allow the county to apply for state and possibly federal aid to reimburse the County for infrastructure repairs and other related expenses



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