Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Solano County on Monday to aid with the recovery process following the winter storms. Since February, Newsom has similarly named 51 other counties, including this one.
According to officials, significant effects include record snowfall accumulation, widespread floods, and power outages, toppled trees, dangerous debris flows, mudslides, and landslides, swollen waterways, dam overflows, and levee collapses.
Regarding the storms, Newsom asked for and was given a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration and a Presidential Emergency Declaration in March.
According to officials, the Solano declaration was requested as a result of localized floods, embankment slip-outs, road slope erosion, and landslides.
Newsom reportedly found such conditions “of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property” and that resulting conditions “by reason of their magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of any single local government and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to appropriately respond,” according to the statement. Thus, he advised, “I find that local authority is inadequate to cope with the magnitude of the damage caused by these storms.”
According to Newsom’s announcement from last week, “492 million in investments for $492 million in budget financing will support the response to flood impacts across the state and help communities build resilience to future floods.