La Oferta

April 23, 2024

County of Santa Clara declares State of Emergency due to Winter storm conditions and risks to the public 

A CalTrans worker clears mud away from a car that was caught in a mudslide. EPA/MIKE NELSON

Heavy Rains, Strong Winds, Flooding, Falling Trees, Power Outages, and Shallow Mudslides Are All Possible Dangers

Santa Clara County, CALIF. 5 jan. 2023— The County of Santa Clara has proclaimed a local emergency due to the weather conditions and risks to the general public and property. The rain and associated weather conditions are expected to persist into next week.

The prolonged stretch of winter storms has brought heavy rain and high winds to the region. These unusual rain levels have created impacts that include soils near or at their saturation point, creeks, streams, and rivers reaching or exceeding flood stage, and low-lying area experiencing flooding, including road crossings. There is also an increased risk of rocks and sediments dislodging from the hillsides. Driving will be challenging during periods of gusty winds, especially for high-profile vehicles, including emergency response vehicles.

“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,” said Dr. Jeff Smith, County Executive for the County of Santa Clara. “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.”

Community members are encouraged to stay off the roads, creek beds, waterways and fast moving waters. For more information on the winter storm event, please go to