Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has issued an emergency proclamation for Imperial , Kern , Los Angeles , Riverside , San Bernardino and San Diego counties.
The declaration follows a series of rainstorms that swept through Southern California last weekend. The storms brought high winds , substantial rain , lightening strikes and flooding to the region. The Lt Governor's declaration means that the state , through the Office of Emergency Services , will make equipment , personnel and facilities available to the affected counties. The declaration also directs Caltrans to formally request assistance through the Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief Program in order to obtain federal assistance for highway repairs or reconstruction in the six counties. Newsom is acting Governor of the state while Governor Brown is out of the country.