OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire declared an emergency Wednesday for storms that hit Washington in December.

The declaration means state agencies can spend money beyond budget appropriations to offer aid. Emergency Management Division spokesman Rob Harper says the statement also may bring in federal money.

The declaration covers storm damage Dec. 8-18 in Clallam, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum, and Whatcom counties.

Snow, high winds and heavy rain caused flooding, landslides and power outages.