Sunday, January 29, 2017

Cliffside disaster relief funding secured one year later

SF Gate/San Francisco Chronicle/Sarah Ravani, 1/27/17. "Pacifica granted $3 million for repairing storm damage."

Image result for picture of Lorie Tinfow
Trying to save our City, one cliff at a time.
"The City of Pacifica announced Wednesday (1/25/17) that it received more than $3 million from state and federal funds to repair several sites that were damaged in 2016 due to the severe winter storms that ravaged the area.

The city declared a state of emergency in January 2016 and by the end of the winter season, city infrastructure in a total of 12 sites sustained destruction from the inclement weather, said Lorie Tinfow, the Pacifica City Manager and Director of Emergency Management. 'The word government has gotten a lot of bad rap as of late,' Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, said at a news conference. 'Rhetoric is hot. And oftentimes, it makes people think we don’t need government, but this is another example of how government does work.'

The estimated cost of repair for three different sites is about $3.65 million and will be allocated over the next few years, Tinfow said. Money was not allocated for all 12 damaged sites. Repairs will be covered by about $1 million from the California Disaster Assistance Act and $2 million in insurance, with about $600,000 to be put up by the City of Pacifica.  Additionally, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted the city $150,000 worth of staff time to assess the damage the city has sustained over the last year to determine whether additional funds will be necessary for the reconstruction, Tinfow said. Allocated funds will go toward infrastructure preservation on the 300 block of Esplanade Avenue to ensure the protection of the adjacent street and utilities, but does not include the demolition of the apartment building that’s teetering on the edge of the cliffside. ... "

Note Pacifica photograph.  Heavy equipment  image from NBC/Peninsula/Michelle Roberts, Pete Suratos and Staff, 3/7/16 includes 2.23 minute video,"High waves prevent Pacifica crews looking to repair sea wall damaged in Winter storms."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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