Pacifica to get state, federal funding for disaster relief for storm damage

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 05:48PM
It was just about a year ago that Congresswoman Jackie Speier toured winter storm damaged Pacifica. She returned with good news Wednesday as the city announced the advancement of state and federal assistance.


PACIFICA, Calif. - It was just about a year ago that Congresswoman Jackie Speier toured winter storm damaged Pacifica. She returned with good news Wednesday as the city announced the advancement of state and federal assistance.

"This is a story of the federal, state and local governments rolling up their sleeves and working together for long term solutions. This is government working," Speier told ABC7 News.

Pacifica's City Manager announced state and federal assistance obtained to repair 12 sites.

"The total estimated cost of repairs for the 12 damaged sites is estimated at $3.6 million," Pacifica City Manager Lori Tinfow said.

The city qualifies for $1 million under the California Disaster Assistance Act. $2 million is being covered by insurance, and another $600,000 by the city.

"I'd like to thank all of our Pacifica City Staff for their hard work and long hours during these difficult times," Pacifica Mayor Mike O'Neill said.

A project needed to protect streets and utilities along 300 block of Esplanade Avenue is also being given favorable consideration for state funding from a separate program. Crews once again worked on a beach access path along Esplanade Avenue Wednesday that's been closed due to a large sinkhole.

Residents and officials recognize those repairs may not be permanent.

"These big waves that have been coming in just in the last two weeks have been pummeling the daylight out of them," Pacifica resident Mike Bell said.

"Mother nature will continue to challenge this beautiful coastal town," Speier said.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has also approved the first phase of three projects the city submitted for consideration.

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