Asm. Holden Asks Governor To Declare State Of Emergency In Two Counties In Wake Of Extreme Weather

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) today asked Governor Jerry Brown to declare parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties disaster areas following a weekend of fierce storms that caused millions of dollars in damages in foothill and mountain communities.

Preliminary reports indicate extensive damage to homes, roads and property across both counties. In the mountain communities of Mt. Baldy, ten to 15 homes were severely damaged by intense rain and mud that also left one motorist dead.  Several businesses were also impacted.

In his letter, Assemblymember Holden writes:

“Communities in the San Gabriel Mountains were impacted by a once-in-500-year-rain event that triggered deadly mudslides and millions of dollars in property damage. By issuing a Proclamation of Disaster, these Californians will be able to apply for thousands of dollars in state assistance under the California Disaster Assistance Act.”

Assemblymember Holden’s request follows yesterday’s “state of emergency” declarations by both Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties paving the way for state and federal disaster relief. 

Assemblymember Holden represents the 4st AD communities of Altadena, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, La Verne, San Dimas, Claremont, Mt. Baldy, San Antonio Heights, Rancho Cucamonga and Upland.