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California State of Emergency Declared Over Heavy Rains

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A vehicle crosses a closed off flooded section of Rock Springs Road in Hesperia, Calif., on Monday, Jan., 23, 2017. (David Pardo/The Daily Press via AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 25 Jan 2017 08:40 AM

In California, a state of emergency was declared after heavy rains continued to pummel parts of the state, resulting in flooding, mudslides, erosion, and debris that has blocked and damaged roads and highways.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued the order late Monday for the state, which had been experiencing a drought over several years. Brown he issued two emergency proclamations in an effort to secure funding for the communities affected, KABC-TV reported.

Heavy rain pounded southern California this past weekend and Monday with hail striking Burbank and snow in the Antelope Valley, according to the Los Angeles Times. Storms there helped set new rainfall records Sunday while causing widespread flooding.

Los Angeles International Airport received 2.94 inches of rain Sunday, beating the previous record of 1.94 inches set on Jan. 22, 1983, the Times reported. Camarillo, which received 2.79 inches of rain Sunday, beat the previous daily record of 1.06 inches of rain set on Jan. 22, 1997.

Long Beach Airport established an all-time daily rainfall record of 3.97 inches Sunday, beating out the previous all-time record of 3.75 inches in January 1995, according to the National Weather Service.

Some of the state's largest metropolitan areas are included in the state of emergency, such as Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, and Santa Clara, according to a statement released by Brown's office.

Other counties include Alpine, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Benito, San Bernardino, 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, according to the governor's statement.

The statement said that California officials will request money through the Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief Program. Brown's proclamations also direct the Office of Emergency Services to offer assistance to local governments.

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