SACRAMENTO – Senator Sharon Runner (R-Antelope Valley) has called upon Governor Brown to declare a State of Emergency in Los Angeles County due to the devastating aftermath of recent flooding and mudslides. She is joined in her request by Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) and Assemblyman Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita).
“Many of my constituents continue to be affected by the severe flooding and mudslides that took place throughout the Antelope Valley and Los Angeles County,” stated Senator Runner. “It is important Governor Brown declare a State of Emergency to ensure the state’s full resources are utilized to help our community.”
A severe thunderstorm hit the Antelope Valley on Oct. 15, resulting in flooding and catastrophic mudslides that caused significant property damage, closed down major roadways and trapped people in their vehicles. The mudslides also damaged a portion of the California aqueduct that provides water from Northern California to the Antelope Valley and caused substantial damage to multiple water treatment plants.
“A State of Emergency will greatly assist recovery efforts for some of the worst mudslides we have ever seen in the Antelope Valley and High Desert,” stated Assemblyman Tom Lackey. “The devastation left behind has taken families out of their homes, blocked roads and even disrupted water supplies coming into the region. We need to be sure we get the resources needed to help people recover.”
“Communities in North Los Angeles County have been shaken by the recent mudslides. I want to thank the emergency response personnel for their quick response and tireless effort to keep residents safe,” Assemblyman Wilk said. “I urge the governor to take action by declaring a state of emergency and send immediate aid to begin repairing damage.”
A State of Emergency declaration by Governor Brown will expedite recovery efforts and provide resources and assistance to Los Angeles County.
The following is the full text of the letter submitted to Gov. Brown by Runner, Lackey and Wilk:
October 22, 2015
Honorable Edmund G. Brown
Governor, State of California
California State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Governor Brown,
Pursuant to the California Emergency Services Act, we request that you issue a proclamation declaring a State of Emergency in Los Angeles County due to the devastating aftermath of recent flooding and mudslides.
On Thursday, October 15, 2015 a severe thunderstorm hit Northern Los Angeles County affecting the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, the unincorporated communities of Quartz Hill, Leona Valley, Lake Hughes, Lake Elizabeth and the surrounding areas in Los Angeles County. The storm resulted in flooding and catastrophic mudslides that caused significant property damage, closed down major roadways and trapped people in their vehicles.
The mudslides also damaged a portion of the California aqueduct that provides water from Northern California to the Antelope Valley and caused substantial damage to multiple water treatment plants.
Your declaration will expedite recovery efforts as well as provide much needed resources and assistance to these rural Los Angeles County communities.
On behalf of our constituents and the County of Los Angeles, thank you for your consideration of this request.
Sharon Runner, Senator, 21st District
Tom Lackey, Assemblyman, 36th District
Scott Wilk, Assemblyman, 38th District