Newsom declares state of emergency as storms bear down on California

Gov. Gavin Newsom receives a briefing at the state operations center Wednesday ahead of this week's winter storms. |

Late this morning Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency as incoming storms are expected to adversely affect the entire state. 

The order authorizes the mobilization of the California National Guard to support disaster response. Additionally, it directs Caltrans to request immediate assistance through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program to support highway repairs.

“California is mobilizing to keep people safe from the impacts of the incoming storm," Newsom said. "This state of emergency will allow the state to respond quickly as the storm develops and support local officials in their ongoing response.” 

The order also activated the State Operations Center to its highest level, and the state and federal government have stood up the Flood Operations Center, which covers forecasting, reservoir operations coordination, and provides technical support as well as flood fighting materials like sandbags for local agencies.
The National Weather Service has forecasted harsh weather throughout the state, including high winds and heavy rain in Northern California. Southern California is expected to experience heavy rainfall starting Thursday night.

The state has prepositioned fire and rescue equipment and personnel to support local resources across the state. Teams will mobilize quickly in the event of mudflows, avalanches or flash floods.

Motorists are urged to avoid non-essential travel during the peak of the storm on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. If driving is essential, download the QuickMap app or visit QuickMap (  to learn up-to-the-minute information on road conditions, traffic, closures, chain control, and more.

The City of Elk Grove is providing verified residents 10 sandbags per household. More information about sandbag distribution is available here

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