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Schwarzenegger declares state of emergency as storms pound California

December 21, 2010 |  8:13 pm

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in several California counties because of the powerful storms that have triggered mudslides, flooding and evacuations.

The state of emergency covers Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo and Tulare counties. Officials in those counties have already declared local emergencies.

Under the declaration, state agencies are directed to provide equipment, rescuers and other resources needed to assist local agencies with emergency efforts.

In Southern California, a series of Pacific storms has hammered the region since Thursday, resulting in record rainfall and wreaking havoc on communities and roadways.


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Video: Time-lapse footage shows storm sweeping across L.A. area

Photos: Series of storms hits Southern California

-- Robert J. Lopez