California declares emergency in Tahoe, part of Bay Area after December storms
Newsom announced the declaration on Thursday night, a day after the department of transportation urged drivers to avoid traveling to the Sierra Nevada following record snowfall that forced the closure of numerous roads and highways. Steve Sisolak, Newsom’s counterpart in Nevada, declared a state of emergency around Lake Tahoe following the storm.
Thursday’s declaration included Alameda , Marin , Napa and San Mateo counties in the Bay Area, as well as nearby Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. All four of the Bay Area counties experienced flooding earlier this month, while evacuation warnings were issued in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.
A married couple was found dead in Millbrae a week ago Thursday. They were submerged in their car at Hemlock Avenue and East Hillcrest Boulevard, underneath the Caltrain tracks.
The National Weather Service Bay Area on Thursday issued a coastal flood advisory, with Santa Rosa, Napa, San Rafael, Oakland and Fremont included in it. While the Bay Area is expected to ring in the new year without rain, the forecast gets wetter on Monday.
Under Newsom’s order, affected counties can access resources under the California Disaster Assistance Act and Caltrans will request immediate federal assistance for highway repairs and reconstruction.