By Miriam Raftery
July 22, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Today, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency for five southern California counties including San Diego due to damage from severe storms starting July 18 that caused “flash flooding, mudslides, and fires ignited by lightning strikes, resulting in damage to roads, highways, and other infrastructure and the evacuation of residents.” (Read the proclamation: http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=19049 )
The emergency declaration applies to Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernadino and San Diego Counties.
Newsom specifically mentioned the I-10 bridge collapse and ordered Caltrans to seek immediate assistance through the Federal Hihgway Adiminstration’s Emergency Relief Program for help to repair the bridge as well as highways in all five counties.
The County of San Diego has asked residents to report damage here.
Newsom made the proclamation in the absence of Governor Jerry Brown, who is traveling overseas and meeting with Pope John Francis regarding climate change issues.