Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey on Tuesday proclaimed a local emergency in response to damages caused by the rain and wind storms that hit the area Feb. 6 through Feb. 8. Initial damage estimates from the storm, including damages suffered by the County of Humboldt, local cities and special districts, are approximately $5.4 million.
The extent of the damages caused by the storm are estimated to exceed the county’s available funding for necessary repairs. By proclaiming a local emergency it allows the county Operational Area to apply for California Disaster Assistance Act funding.
The most major damage was done to local roads. Some of the damaged roads include Wilder Ridge Road (seen in photo), Alderpoint Road, Chambers Road, East Branch Road, and Mattole Road. In addition, the Jameson Creek culvert on Rohnerville Road was significantly damaged, and the Redway Community Services District repair to stabilize the slope at the Dogwood Lift Station will be included in storm damages.
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors is not in session this week. The local emergency proclamation will be placed on the Feb. 24 agenda for the Board to consider ratification.
For more information contact:
Lt. Wayne Hanson707-268-3641
Dorie Lanni, Office of Emergency Services707-268-2527
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