FEMA won't pay for Capitola storm damage

June 22, 2011 6:51:30 PM PDT
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a request to help Santa Cruz County pay for damage caused by severe storms in March.

FEMA issued the decision on Tuesday, claiming the damage was caused by three separate storms and doesn't rise to the level of a federal disaster.

Several cities were counting on FEMA to pay 75 percent of recovery costs for road repairs, flooding and mudslide cleanup. Capitola has already depleted its emergency reserves in order to pay for repairs.

Governor Jerry Brown could appeal FEMA's decision in the future.