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FEMA assesses San Luis Obispo County storm damage

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Heavy rains last month caused quite a bit of destruction in San Luis Obispo County. Now, crews with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are assessing the damage.

On Thursday morning, FEMA checked out disaster areas in both north and south San Luis Obispo County. That includes county roads and infrastructure affected by the recent rains.

The San Luis Obispo County Office of Emergency Services took FEMA crews around to assess any storm-related damage reported from January 18 to January 25.

"What they are doing today is doing a site visit to where they are just kind of getting a broad view of what the damage really was and with that correlate it with what the figure dollar estimate is for that,” explained Jorge Rodriguez, Office of Emergency Services.

One area affected by those series of storms was Chimney Rock Road near Lake Nacimiento. Heavy rains caused rocks and dirt to slip off the mountain and into the road. 

For this landslide, FEMA said the damage estimate is about $200,000.

"It would include both the removal and the cleanup of the debris as well as the reinforcement of it,” added Rodriguez.

Another location was a slip out on Toro Creek Road near Cayucos. The rain washed out a portion of the asphalt and paved roadway.

Twenty total sites in the county were identified, with an estimated total of $1,200,000 in damage.

"It doesn't necessarily mean that the full amount is covered, but generally what they do if a site is approved for that type of work, then the reimbursement for those costs would generally be covered in that sense,” concluded Rodriguez.

Public Works is looking to keep those areas already affected secure for the upcoming rains to ensure no further damage is done.

FEMA will now decide what projects will be fully funded and/or reimbursable.

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