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File #: 23-095    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Consent Item Status: Passed
File created: 1/11/2023 In control: City Council/Public Finance and Economic Development Authority/Parking Authority/Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency
On agenda: 1/17/2023 Final action: 1/17/2023
Title: SUBJECT: Adoption of Resolution 2023-08 Confirming the Existence of a Local Emergency Within the Territorial Limits of the City of Merced as Proclaimed by the Director of Emergency Services on January 7, 2023 and Again on January 14, 2023 Pursuant to Merced Municipal Code Section 8.20.070 REPORT IN BRIEF Asking the City Council to Declare a State of Emergency Due to Severe Storms and Potential Flooding. RECOMMENDATION City Council - Adopt a motion adopting Resolution 2023-08, a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Merced, California, confirming the existence of a local emergency
Attachments: 1. Proclamation of Local Emergency .pdf, 2. 2nd Proclamation of Local Emergency.pdf, 3. Resolution 2023-08.pdf
Report Prepared by: Stephanie R. Dietz, City Manager

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SUBJECT: Adoption of Resolution 2023-08 Confirming the Existence of a Local Emergency Within the Territorial Limits of the City of Merced as Proclaimed by the Director of Emergency Services on January 7, 2023 and Again on January 14, 2023 Pursuant to Merced Municipal Code Section 8.20.070

REPORT IN BRIEF
Asking the City Council to Declare a State of Emergency Due to Severe Storms and Potential Flooding.

RECOMMENDATION
City Council - Adopt a motion adopting Resolution 2023-08, a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Merced, California, confirming the existence of a local emergency

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ALTERNATIVES
1. Approve, as recommend by Staff; or,
2. Approve, subject to other than recommended by Staff; or,
3. Deny; or,
4. Refer to Staff for reconsideration of specific items; or,
5. Continue to a future meeting.

AUTHORITY
Merced Municipal Code Section 8.20.070

CITY COUNCIL PRIORITIES
As provided for in the 2022/2023 Adopted Budget.

DISCUSSION
On Wednesday morning, January 4, 2023, Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency in response to several powerful storms expected to hit California. On Wednesday afternoon, Merced County activated the Merced County Emergency Operations Center as a precautionary measure.

A heavy storm hit Merced on Saturday, January 7, 2023, and was expected to continue through Tuesday, January 10, 2023. This storm was predicted to cause local creeks levels to rise past flood stage. To this extent, the City of Merced Director of Emergency Services, Stephanie Dietz, declared a local emergency and activated the City's emergency operation center (EOC). EOC Staff began to hold daily planning and operational meetings with all City departments and local cooperators, such as Merced County, Merced Irrigation District, and Merced School Districts.

The original declaration expired on January 14, 2023 at 1PM. Continued impacts and repercussions from the last storm and con...

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