Humboldt supervisors ratify local emergency declaration

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EUREKA- Humboldt County will now begin seeking outside funding to help cover the costs of storm repairs.

The county's Office of Emergency Services says damage reports continue to come in after storms hit the north coast early February. In total, the county has seen almost $6 million in damages. The most severely impacted were local roadways, specifically in the Eel River Valley and Southern Humboldt where roads began to wash away and rock slides continue to threaten the area.

On Tuesday the board of supervisors ratified the sheriff's proclamation of a local emergency in hopes to secure funding from Cal OES and the Federal Highway Administration.

"Public works has been out there, you know they're short staffed like many county departments, but they've been out doing assessments and repairs and emergency measures in place to prevent further damages until we can get the funding for repairs," said Dorie Lanni, interim emergency services manager for the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services.

Officials with Cal OES will be in Humboldt Tuesday to validate the reported damages. Local OES representatives hope to submit that report and others to the governor by Friday.