LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — County Supervisor Mike Antonovich is expected to ask the Board of Supervisors to declare a local state of emergency Tuesday in response to recent storms in the Antelope Valley.
Thursday's powerful rainstorms prompted mudflows, which swamped roads, trapped vehicles and damaged homes.
"The rain, flooding and debris flows destroyed and damaged structures, including homes, and forced the closure of major highways and local roads," said Antonovich. "These conditions warrant that the county proclaim the existence of a local emergency to free up resources to support response and recovery efforts."
At 9:30 a.m., Antonovich will request for his colleagues to declare the local emergency for Quartz Hill, Leona Valley, Lake Hughes, Elizabeth Lake and surrounding areas.
Board members will then pass along the request to the Governor's Office of Emergency Services seeking Mayor Eric Garcetti's approval.
If approved, the declaration will free up state resources to help with cleanup and recovery.
County Emergency Management officials have urged to public to report any storm-related damage by filling out an online assessment survey.
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