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Clean Up at Flood Site Winds Down

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 4, 2004
Media Contacts:  
Sal Torres, Mayor of Daly City
(650) 991-8008
John Martin, City Manager (650) 991-8127
Cleanup at Daly City Flood Site Winds Down

‘Hard Work’ Efforts by City Workers Lauded


Daly City – More than a week after the February 25 storm flooded 57 homes in the Westpark-Lakeview-Parkside area, cleanup efforts by Daly City workers will finally draw to a close this Friday, Mayor Sal Torres announced today.

Since last week’s flood and the subsequent mudslide, city workers from several departments have been at the site, providing the affected residents a milieu of emergency assistance and service. Public Works Street crews, who at the time of the disaster were conducting routine checks in the area, were first on the scene. Firefighters from Station #91 on Lake Merced Boulevard, only a block away from the flood site, immediately responded to 911 calls from residents. From nearby offices at Westlake Park, and water and wastewater, city personnel promptly followed suit, along with Police and other city workers.

“I can’t say enough for the level of cooperation and hard work provided by our city workers to the residents in the Westlake Estates neighborhood. Daly City responded with all the emergency resources it had – from the public works backhoe loader clearing mud off the streets and storm drains, to firefighters hosing down the mud-filled streets,” Mayor Torres asserted.

Earlier this week, the City Council ratified an emergency declaration by City Manager John Martin as Director of Emergency Services. Daly City officials have requested assistance for the storm disaster, which is estimated to total nearly $5 million in repair costs, for both private individual properties and public facilities.

To date, Daly City workers have assisted in the exterior mud removal, street and yard cleanup, towing and removing of damaged cars, and miscellaneous debris removal, including hauling away damaged household goods, furniture and appliances. Repair work and stabilization of the eroded slopes along Lake Merced Boulevard started almost immediately. City building inspectors were also on-site to assess the safety of homes, the ability to restore electricity and gas to each of the affected homes, and damaged furnace and other appliances.

At nearby Larcombe Clubhouse, Daly City’s Community Services and American Red Cross personnel provided residents an on-site assessment, housing assistance and referral, and other emergency services, along with coffee and other refreshments for at least two full days after the storm. In all, about 47 households were served. The American Red Cross provided emergency shelter for five displaced families. Two families whose homes were severely damaged are receiving ongoing assistance through the Community Services Center.

Other agencies have also been a part of the emergency response team. Along with Daly City personnel, BFI workers have been hauling damaged furniture, appliances and household items from the site since February 27, two days after the flood. The city-sponsored trash-debris pickup service is ongoing until March 5th. Regular garbage service by BFI will resume next Tuesday, March 9th.

PG&E has also conducted various safety-related inspections in the 57 homes. Various private contractors have also been on-site to assist the residents. Both Wells Fargo and First National Bank are offering low interest loans for home repairs.

Daly City has established a special low-income disaster recovery grant for amounts up to $3000 to restore essential utilities to the homes in the area. The grant is through the City’s Housing Rehabilitation program, which is funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). In addition, the City is waiving building permit fees for disaster repairs on homes in the affected area.

Aside from assisting the families in the flooded neighborhood, Daly City has had to deal with its own storm-related damages at various public buildings, including those at the Fire Station at Lake Merced and at the wastewater treatment plant at John Daly Boulevard. Other related problems such as the damaged sidewalk on Lake Merced Boulevard, and sink holes, pot holes and broken manhole covers throughout the city are expected to be addressed in the near future, city officials added.

On Saturday, March 6th, the City Council will hold a community meeting for residents in the affected area, starting at 10 a.m. at the Larcombe Clubhouse in Lake Merced Blvd. Attendees will receive additional information on financial assistance and other related efforts.

For further information on issues relating to the February 25 storm, call (650) 991-8127.

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