Gov. Newsom Declares State of Emergency for Flooded Counties

A resident and his dog navigate through a flooded neighborhood on February 28, 2019 in Guerneville. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images,)

GUERNEVILLE (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared an emergency for five northern counties after a heavy storm led to the worst flooding in 20 years in one county and the death of a man in another.

Newsom said Thursday the emergency proclamation is for the counties of Amador, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma, where hundreds were marooned.

The governor says the emergency declaration directs state officials to immediately request federal assistance to help communities recover from flooding, mudslides and damage to critical infrastructure.

The Russian River in Sonoma County crested at more than 46 feet (14 meters) Wednesday night, flooding about 2,000 buildings. More than 200 miles (322 kilometers) to the north, a man drowned in floodwaters while trying to reach his home, where three children were trapped.

An aerial view a flooded neighborhood on February 28, 2019 in Guerneville. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images,)

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