Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in four counties Monday after two weeks of heavy rain and winds caused flooding, mudslides and evacuations across California.
The emergency declaration is a formal step that should help Caltrans officials receive money through the Federal Highway Administration's emergency relief program to repair freeways in Marin, Mendocino, Ventura and San Mateo counties.
In a prepared statement, Brown said state officials are working assess any damage in other counties.
Despite damaged homes and roads, the fast-moving storms that swept the state brought relief to deeply depleted water systems, dropping 3 to 5 inches of rain over Northern California and several feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada.