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Brown Requests Another Federal Disaster Declaration

Sacramento, CA — Governor Jerry Brown is asking President Donald Trump’s administration to approve a fourth disaster declaration related to a string of powerful storm systems.

Record levels of precipitation resulted in widespread flooding, mudslides and power outages throughout January and February. The Trump administration approved three earlier petitions for federal help primarily related to damage in January, and the emergency situation at Oroville Dam, and the latest request covers damage occurred in early to mid-February.

In formally requesting another federal declaration yesterday, Brown touted a four step dam safety and infrastructure plan designed to limit the impact of future storms on the state’s water infrastructure. As reported previously, it includes spending $437-million on near-term flood control and emergency response actions, require emergency action plans for all dams, enhance the existing dam inspection programs and seek federal regulatory action and increased funding to improve dam safety.