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  • Writer's pictureKatherine Martine

Latest round of storms prompt emergency declaration by Marin

The already water-logged Tiburon Peninsula received another 8.47 inches of rain last week as Marin County declared a local state of emergency to deal with the seemingly nonstop storms that have downed trees, flooded roads and felled power lines over the past month. The wet weather did come with a silver lining, however, as county reservoirs reached capacity and the region’s drought level was downgraded.

The emergency declaration, approved Jan. 10 by the Marin Board of Supervisors, will make the county eligible for state and federal funding to cover the cost of some of the damage from the storms, which date back to New Year’s Eve.

The proclamation covers storm impacts for the entire county and was to be sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Office of Emergency Services for consideration. It follows Newsom’s Jan. 4 statewide emergency proclamation in response to the storms, in which high winds toppled a big rig on the Golden Gate Bridge on Jan. 14, shutting down lanes for more than three hours.

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