Windstorm caused more than $40 million in damage
Pasadena sustained close to $20 million in damage from more than 1,200 downed trees that crushed cars, knocked out power lines and scarred homes and businesses, according to city officials. San Marino is estimating damage of $5.6 million, while South Pasadena leaders put the damage at $1 million and counting.
Officials estimated more than $10 million in damage in Temple City. Monrovia estimated damage to be about $4 million.
No numbers were available from other San Gabriel Valley cities as well as the City of Los Angeles, where parts of northeast L.A. were hard it.
State emergency management officials on Friday toured wind-damaged Altadena Town & Country Club, surveying downed trees and getting an earful from local politicians about Southern California Edison’s slow efforts to restore power to nearly 434,000 customers.
Edison restored power to all of its customers early Thursday, more than a week after 80-mph winds knocked over trees and caused damage throughout the San Gabriel Valley. The California Public Utilities Commission has launched a probe of Edison’s response.
“They tried to do it solo,” Supervisor Mike Antonovich told Mike Dayton, acting director of the California Emergency Management Agency.
“Solo doesn’t work,” Dayton replied.
Dayton and a team of Emergency Management Agency officials planned to spend the day touring the San Gabriel Valley, where cities estimate that powerful wind storms the night of Nov. 30 and morning of Dec. 1 caused more than $30 million in damage. Trees crashed into homes, businesses, cars and power lines around the region.
Dayton’s first stop was the Altadena Town & Country Club, followed by planned visits to city halls in Pasadena, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, San Gabriel and Alhambra. Dayton said he would go over municipal damage estimates and discuss ongoing recovery plans with local officials.
“We’ll look at the progress and pace of recovery,” Dayton said. “We’re looking for lessons learned, though it might be premature to expect to learn all those lessons today.”
Photo: Branches and trees are piled up on the west side of the Rose Bowl where they are being fed into a chipper. The trees were taken from Pasadena streets in the wake of the wind storm that struck the region last week. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times