By Bay City News Service
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted Friday to declare a state of emergency after recent rain and windstorms caused an estimated $3.4 million in damage, county officials said.
The declaration could make state and federal aid available to pay for repairs and emergency measures related to the storm.
Before affected counties receive state aid, they must submit an estimate of damage to the governor's office, said Kelly Huston of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. The governor then decides whether enough damage has been done to constitute a state of emergency.
Winds gusted to 59 miles per hour and the storm dropped four inches and more of rain in 48 hours, flooding streams, highways, streets and roads, county officials said.
The storm flooded one mobile home park in Belmont and two in Redwood City. More than 100 residents of the Belmont mobile home park spent a week in a shelter after the flooding, according to the county Human Services Agency.
Redwood City officials ordered residents of the Le Mar Trailer Park and RC Mobile Home Park to evacuate Dec. 11 when rains flooded their homes.
The $3.4 million damage estimate may increase or decrease as officials continue to evaluate the damage, said San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks.
The county may be eligible for reimbursement from the California Disaster Assistance Act as well as from other state sources and federal sources, county officials said. Residents who suffered losses must wait for the state to review the county's damage assessment before they know whether they are eligible for state or federal aid.