Tag: Winter Storms

Repairing Roads a Priority from Fallout of Powerful Winter Storms

Mar 15, 2017 9:55 am

Relentless winter storms caused flooding, threats of levee breaches and severe weather across California throughout January and February. While precipitation was much needed after six-plus years of drought, the endless amount of rain and snow in such a short period created public safety concerns.

Most of the wet weather was triggered by atmospheric river storms – waves of moisture that move north from tropical areas and over the West Coast. Recovery from the storms is ongoing and will be a long-term process.

Among the concerns from the storm fallout is significant road damage, specifically in the Sierras. Caltrans District 3, which maintains and operates 1,491 center-line miles and 4,385 lane miles in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties, has 45 emergency contracts currently open at a cost of $63.4 million.

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Auxiliary Spillway Adds to Folsom Dam’s Multi-Purpose Facility

Mar 1, 2017 1:11 pm

Construction on a new auxiliary spillway at the Folsom Dam is expected to be completed later this year. The auxiliary spillway, which includes a 1,100-foot-long approach channel that will funnel the water from the lake into the spillway, is fitted as a complimentary resource to Folsom Dam’s main functions, allowing water to be released earlier and more safely from Folsom Lake, if needed.

Other auxiliary spillway features, according to the United States Army Corps of Engineers, include: a control structure with six submerged gates that will be controlled in coordination with the gates on the main dam to control water releases; a 3,027-foot-long spillway chute that transports the water from the control structure to the American River below; and a stilling basin that will slow the racing water back to normal flow levels that the … continue reading »

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SBA Disaster Assistance Available to California Private Nonprofit Organizations

Feb 16, 2017 12:21 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in California following President Trump’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of the severe winter storms, flooding and mudslides that occurred Jan. 3-12, 2017, announced the U.S. Small Business Administration. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

SBA disaster assistance is now available in Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Humboldt, Inyo, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba counties.

SBA may lend private nonprofits up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, … continue reading »

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Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Counties Across California Following Severe Winter Storms

Jan 23, 2017 10:00 pm

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued two emergency proclamations to secure funding to help communities respond to and recover from severe winter storms that have caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, debris flow and damage to roads and highways.

The emergency proclamations issued due to January and December storms – for the counties of Alameda, Alpine, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba and Del Norte – direct Caltrans to formally request immediate assistance through the Federal … continue reading »

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Add Emergency Preparedness to New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

Jan 5, 2017 10:34 am

With the calendar flipping to 2017, those pesky New Year’s Resolutions once again become a priority. Whether it’s making plans to regularly attend the gym, eat healthier or other timely concessions, there may be one resolution that is often overlooked.

The importance of being prepared for emergencies or natural disasters is always paramount.

Living in California provides unmatched accommodations and beauty, but it’s also prone to the constant threat of disasters, such as earthquakes, flooding and wildfires.

To assist in your New Year’s Resolutions, here are some emergency preparedness tips for these five specific disasters:



Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Lake, Tehama Counties for Winter Storms

Mar 2, 2015 5:50 pm

Photo of California Governor Jerry BrownSACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Lake and Tehama Counties due to the effects of the series of rainstorms, high winds and flooding that caused extensive damage. Beginning on Nov. 30 of last year, the series of rainstorms impacted people and property by damaging private and public facilities and forced evacuations in some areas. The storms also caused damage in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Mendocino, San Mateo, Ventura, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Los Angeles, Monterey, Orange, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Shasta, Sonoma, Tehama, and Yolo. On Dec. 22, Gov. Brown also declared a State of Emergency in Marin, Mendocino, San Mateo, and Ventura Counties.

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