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STATE AGENCIES MEETING CALIFORNIA STORM NEEDS; GOVERNOR PROCLAIMS EMERGENCIES IN FOUR COUNTIES

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- State emergency resources and assistance are continuing to help California counties from the Oregon state line to the Mexican border, according to the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), which coordinates all state agency emergency response.
 Governor Wilson has now proclaimed a State of Emergency in four counties -- San Diego, Plumas, Lassen, and Siskiyou -- because of heavy rain and snowstorms throughout the state. In addition, the Governor is considering requests for Proclamations from Riverside, Orange and Modoc counties.
 "We've been helping local governments with resources from many state agencies, such as the California National Guard, California Conservation Corps, and Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, since the series of storms began in December," said OES Director Richard Andrews. "We will continue response and recovery operations for as long as it takes to help the many affected communities throughout the state."
 Engineers and other staff from the Governor's Office of Emergency Services are in the process of assisting local government to assess damage caused by the series of storms. OES is also responding to local requests for state assistance. Some of the state agency response efforts since the storms began are summarized below:
 -- Office of Emergency Services - monitoring the situation and projected needs throughout the state, assigning missions to other state agencies for support to local government, assisting with damage assessment, coordination of Search and Rescue resources.
 -- National Guard - opening of armories for stranded motorists in Northern California and for responding crews in Plumas and Lassen counties; snow removal operations; transportation of potable water, generators, and other equipment where needed; prestaging of sandbags, rescue equipment, and personnel in key spots around the state in case of need for evacuation and other assistance; opening of armory in Indio for flood refugees.
 -- Transportation - working extended shifts for snow removal, road clearance and repair throughout the state.
 -- Department of Forestry & Fire Protection - snow removal operations in Plumas, Mono, Inyo, Nevada, Yuba, Placer, Tehama, and Shasta counties; floodfighting operations in San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside and Tulare counties.
 -- Conservation Corps - snow removal operations in Plumas, Lassen, Siskiyou, Sierra, Shasta counties; floodfighting operations in Madera, Tulare, and Orange counties
 -- Department of Corrections - snow removal and floodfighting operations.
 -- State Fire Marshal - assisting in investigation of apartment house explosion in Plumas county on Jan. 18.
 -0- 1/18/93
 /CONTACT: Tom Mullins of the California Office of Emergency Services, 916-262-1843/


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