Storm drives Fremont to declare local emergency

The Fremont City Council discusses declaring an emergency at its meeting on Jan. 10.

The city of Fremont has declared a local emergency to ensure it has access to state and federal resources if needed to address the impacts of the heavy storms passing through the state.

On Jan. 10, the Fremont City Council unanimously approved a local emergency proclamation that was signed by City Manager Karena Shackelford a day earlier, joining the county, state and country in declaring emergencies as a result of the high winds and heavy rain pounding the state.

“City departments have been working diligently and proactively in response to the storms and we’re hopeful that State and Federal disaster assistance funding will be made available, to help offset the cost of the City’s response,” Shackelford said in a statement.

The city’s Public Works Department reported distributing about 14,000 sandbags and more than 275 tons of sand to city residents since New Year’s Eve and the Community Services Department responded to more than 50 downed trees, according to a city press release.

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