Monterey County is seeking additional FEMA disaster assistance

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After a series of atmospheric storms swept over the Central Coast, Monterey County is seeking additional FEMA disaster assistance for damages throughout the county. Sheriff Nieto, along with officials from the Office of Emergency Services, Monterey County Water Resources, State Parks, Cal Fire, Monterey County Regional Fire, and Monterey County Regional Parks met with Distinct 17 Senator John Laird, 30th District State Assemblymember Dawn Addis, and Monterey County Board of Supervisors Mary Adams and Wendy Root Askew were took a tour of some of the damages in Monterey County.The county currently qualifies for FEMA’s category A and B funding (debris removal and emergency protective measures).But now, they are requesting to be considered for categories C through G (roads/bridges, water control facilities, buildings/equipment, utilities, parks and recreation). Yesterday county and state officials were able to visit the following locations to assess the storm damage. • Big Sur River, located near Saint Francis Church, where a log jam has rerouted the entire river towards Hwy 1. • Big Sur River, 1/4 Mile south of Saint Francis Church, where a fallen old growth redwood has caused significant erosion next to Hwy 1. • Carmel Highlands, where several trees fell causing some residents in the area to lose power for 12 days. Cal Fires Station was also struck by one of the falling trees. • Carmel River State Beach, where the beach access parking lot was buried in sand and a large portion of Scenic Drive was damaged. Both the parking lot and the southern end of Scenic Drive remains closed due to these damages. • Dampierre Park, where a portion of the Carmel River berm failed, causing the Carmel river to divert over the baseball fields and into nearby residences on Paso Hando. Officials with Monterey County are continuing to gather damage information caused by the 2023 Winter Storm countywide. The last estimate of damages caused by the storm is nearly $80 million.

After a series of atmospheric storms swept over the Central Coast, Monterey County is seeking additional FEMA disaster assistance for damages throughout the county.

Sheriff Nieto, along with officials from the Office of Emergency Services, Monterey County Water Resources, State Parks, Cal Fire, Monterey County Regional Fire, and Monterey County Regional Parks met with Distinct 17 Senator John Laird, 30th District State Assemblymember Dawn Addis, and Monterey County Board of Supervisors Mary Adams and Wendy Root Askew were took a tour of some of the damages in Monterey County.

The county currently qualifies for FEMA’s category A and B funding (debris removal and emergency protective measures).

But now, they are requesting to be considered for categories C through G (roads/bridges, water control facilities, buildings/equipment, utilities, parks and recreation).

Yesterday county and state officials were able to visit the following locations to assess the storm damage.

• Big Sur River, located near Saint Francis Church, where a log jam has rerouted the entire river towards Hwy 1.

• Big Sur River, 1/4 Mile south of Saint Francis Church, where a fallen old growth redwood has caused significant erosion next to Hwy 1.

• Carmel Highlands, where several trees fell causing some residents in the area to lose power for 12 days. Cal Fires Station was also struck by one of the falling trees.

• Carmel River State Beach, where the beach access parking lot was buried in sand and a large portion of Scenic Drive was damaged. Both the parking lot and the southern end of Scenic Drive remains closed due to these damages.

• Dampierre Park, where a portion of the Carmel River berm failed, causing the Carmel river to divert over the baseball fields and into nearby residences on Paso Hando.

Officials with Monterey County are continuing to gather damage information caused by the 2023 Winter Storm countywide.

The last estimate of damages caused by the storm is nearly $80 million.

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