SACRAMENTO - California Governor Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency for a number of counties in California following severe winter storms that caused flooding, mudslides and other weather related hazards.
The proclamation came Monday evening after a weekend of severe rain storms all across the state.
Santa Barbara County, Ventura County and San Luis Obispo County were among the dozens of counties listed in the proclamation.
The emergency status allows counties to received funding help communities respond and repair damage caused to highways and roads by the December/January storms.
The California Department of Transportation can formally request immediate assistance through the Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief Program. The proclamations also directs the Office of Emergency Services to provide assistance to local governments.