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County of Santa Clara and Milpitas declare local emergency due to severe weather

As the Bay Area gets bashed by a severe winter rainstorm, Santa Clara County and Milpitas officials moved on Wednesday to declare a local emergency.

Residents have been told to expect more rainy weather through this coming weekend and into next week.

Region-wide, we’re seeing rivers, creeks, and streams at or past the flood stage, as well as low-lying areas drenched in rainwater, namely traffic intersections.

In the meantime, area soil is typically nearing or reaching its saturation point. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to be mindful of the possibility of falling rocks dislodged from hills. And drivers, namely those of ambulances and other emergency response vehicles, are navigating the roadways despite punishing, gusty winds. 

Dr. Jeff Smith, who’s the County Executive for the County of Santa Clara, said in a statement, “This emergency declaration allows the County of Santa Clara to take appropriate measures to support the regional emergency response and ensure the safety of those who live and work in our jurisdiction. We continue to work with our partners at Valley Water, our cities, other state and local government agencies, and community-based organizations to protect the public.”



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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.

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