The bill to repair California’s crumbling roads, dams and other critical infrastructure hammered by an onslaught of storms this winter could top $1 billion, including nearly $600 million alone for damaged roadways that more than doubles what the state budgeted for road repair emergencies, officials said Friday. Adding to the problems, many communities have drained their emergency budgets and are looking to the state and federal government for help.
So Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency hoping the Republicans in Washington will give California some free money.
The emergency declaration applies to 53 of California’s 58 counties. The order mobilizes the state’s Office of Emergency Services to the affected areas and directs the Department of Transportation to seek federal relief for damaged roads and highways.
California has been pummeled by one of its wettest winters in decades, resulting in widespread flooding, mudslides and infrastructure problems. San Jose is still reeling from tens of millions of dollars of losses after a major creek in the city overflowed its banks and forced 14,000 households to evacuate.
Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle