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Brewer declares state of emergency in Maricopa and La Paz counties due to flooding

A truck creates a wake as its driver tries to navigate a severely flooded street as heavy rains pour down Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Phoenix. Storms that flooded several Phoenix-area freeways and numerous local streets during the Monday morning commute set an all-time record for rainfall in Phoenix in a single day. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

A truck creates a wake as its driver tries to navigate a severely flooded street as heavy rains pour down Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Phoenix. Storms that flooded several Phoenix-area freeways and numerous local streets during the Monday morning commute set an all-time record for rainfall in Phoenix in a single day. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is declaring a statewide emergency because of flooding from major storms that dropped heavy rain and she’s also telling non-essential state employees to stay home Monday.

The declaration states that theAi?? emergency exists in Maricopa and La Paz Counties.Ai?? ItAi??Ai??Ai?? acknowledges that the weather system is still passing through Arizona and that the declaration will be amended to include additional counties as the situation requires.

The governor also directed that $200,000 from the general fund be made available to the Director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management and thatAi?? the stateAi?? Emergency Response and Recovery Plan be used to direct state and other assets and authorize the director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management to coordinate state assets.Ai?? Additional she authorized the stateAi?? adjutant general to mobilize and call to activate all or such part of the Arizona National Guard asAi?? necessary to assist in the protection of life and property throughout theAi?? state.

Preliminary damage assessments will be scheduled by the Arizona Department of Emergency Managementai??i??s Recovery Office in conjunction with the counties, as requested. Response costs and damage to public infrastructure have not yet been estimated by the counties

The governor’s spokesman, Andrew Wilder, said the the governor’s main concern at least initially is that people remain safe.

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