Gov. Jerry Brown declares state of emergency across California relentless storms

Flooding in Sonoma County causes citizens to band together. (Wayne Freedman)

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency across California due to recent severe storms.

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According to a press release from Monday night, Brown issued two emergency proclamations to "secure funding to help communities respond to and recover from severe storms that have caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, debris flow and damage to roads and highways."

The counties affected include: Alameda, Alpine, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba and Del Norte.

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The proclamations state with the extreme drought conditions throughout California, the storms, beginning on Jan. 3, caused dangerous flash floods and substantial debris flow, leading to damage on roads and highways.

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