State of emergency declared In 6 counties of California
(CNN) — Half a dozen southern California counties are under an emergency declaration Wednesday as another powerful storm from the Pacific pummels the region.
The declaration from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger warns of a forecast that calls for “extraordinary and continuing rainfall” that is likely to cause more flooding and landslides in the region and authorizes state assistance for local authorities.
The proclamation covers Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo and Tulare counties in southern California.
“We’re preparing for what we expect to be a very heavy, severe rainstorm …” said Mike Kaspar with Los Angeles County Public Works. “In the worst case senario, we could be looking at as much as 8 inches more of rain in the southern California area,”
Storm-weary Californians on Tuesday slogged through another day of record-breaking snow, rain and flooding from a series of storms that prompted an emergency declaration from the state’s governor.
The five-day rain total has topped 10 inches in many areas, with much heavier amounts in some locales. More than 21 inches have fallen on Twin Peaks in San Bernardino county, with Twin Creek receiving nearly 20 inches.
In Los Angeles County, meanwhile, authorities ordered the evacuation of more than 230 homes in two neighborhoods out of fear of debris flows.
But in southwestern Utah, a dam that authorities had feared was in imminent danger of giving way to floodwaters was found to be in stronger condition than previously believed, said Marc Mortensen, a spokesman for Washington County.