Imperial County NOT in state of emergency

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. – Imperial County was hit with strong winds and showers last Friday and over the weekend. However there wasn’t that much damage reported county-wide. Officials say although the governor’s office declared a number of counties in California in state of emergency including Imperial County due to the storm that came through the county barely had any damage. There were some Imperial Irrigation District power lines down and some schools had some minimal damage but not enough to declare the county in state of emergency.

“You never know these storms come, you have these cloud bursts and you can have one area to miles away. I’ve seen it to where you have disaster of flood, you can have damage to cars, you can have damage to buildings, and then a mile away nothing, so it’s just very hard to predict.” said County Supervisor John Renison.

Renison adds that we are not in the clear as you may already know the month of August is known for having stormy weather.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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