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California storm cleanup, repair costs could top $45 million, officials say


Federal and state officials have identified 350 recovery and repair projects arising from California's winter storms and mudslides that will cost an estimated $45 million.

Officials from Federal Emergency Management Agency and the California Emergency Management Agency have spent the last few months assessing weather-related damage. The projects cover six California counties: Calaveras, Imperial, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Siskiyou -- where disasters were declared earlier this year.

In March, President Obama made a federal emergency declaration, meaning that federal funds will be used to pay for at least 75% of the recovery costs arising from storms and flooding in January and February. Projects include repairing roads and bridges, and paying for emergency rescue efforts.

The work also includes debris removal due to mudslides and repairs to public facilities.

In March, the state estimated it would need $59 million to deal with storm damage.

--Shelby Grad

Photo: A mudslide in the foothills near La Cañada-Flintridge earlier this year. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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