San Luis Obispo County can now receive assistance from the state to help pay for the damage done and resources used Friday when water surges from the Japanese tsunami hit California’s coast.
Last week’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan caused tsunami-related water surges in California’s ports and harbors. Hundreds of San Luis Obispo County residents along the coast were evacuated while local, state and public safety agencies executed an emergency reaction plan.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday announced a state of emergency for San Luis Obispo County, which means the county is eligible for financial aid under the California Disaster Assistance Act.
The governor’s announcement comes after emergency proclamations Friday for the counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, San Mateo and Santa Cruz.
While the surges did less damage locally than in other California coastal communities, damage in Morro Bay is estimated at $455,000.
On Monday, the city of Morro Bay proclaimed a local emergency. The damage there was mostly to boats and pilings in the harbor.
The San Luis Obispo County Office of Emergency Services couldn’t be reached late Wednesday to determine what specific aid is on its way from the state or when it’s expected.
The assistance is to come from the California Emergency Management Agency.
— Tribune staff report