County Manager’s Office
September 9, 2005
BOARD MEETING DATE:
September 20, 2005
Honorable Board of Supervisors
John L. Maltbie, County Manager
Emergency for San Mateo County due to 2004-05 Winter storms
Make a finding to continue the local emergency caused by the of 2004-05 winter storms that brought large amounts of wind and rain resulting in landslide in La Honda affecting homes and public property.
Commitment: Ensure basic health and safety for all
Goal 7: Maintain and enhance the public safety of all residents and visitors
In 1998 Winter Storms caused a landslide in La Honda that destroyed or damaged seven homes during a disaster that was Federally declared. With Federal assistance seven homes were purchased through the county. With the large amounts of rain this winter the slide in this area was reactivated. Two homes are immediately threatened and up to one hundred and one other homes could be affected as the slide expands.
On April 12, 2005 this Board adopted Resolution 067242 proclaiming existence of a local emergency and requesting the Governor to proclaim a state of emergency and request a presidential declaration.
The purpose for the county declaring state of local emergency and continuing it is to position the county eligible for any type of State or Federal Disaster assistance for emergency protective measures, emergency construction repair and restoration. By continuing the declaration we continue our potential eligibility for state assistance if the slide expands and damages more public roads and private property. It will also offer the County the possibility of recouping portion of the money the county spends over the coming months.
A review of the current situation and circumstances indicates that there is a need for continuing the local emergency.
The continuing extension of the county state of emergency has no impact on the County General Fund. It provides a potential avenue of reimbursement for current and future costs.