Pasadena, other San Gabriel Valley cities won't be reimbursed by feds for wind damage

Los Angeles Area Hit With Powerful Santa Ana Winds

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A boy whose school was closed climbs fallen trees on Green Street after strong Santa Ana Winds that are cauing the worst local wind damage in decades on Dec. 1, 2011 in Pasadena.

California communities affected by last year's Santa Ana windstorms won't receive any federal reimbursement for damages incurred, according to a Friday announcement. Response and recovery costs will also not be covered.

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and six other mayors of San Gabriel Valley cities (South Pasadena, La Cañada Flintridge, San Marino, Arcadia, Sierra Madre and Temple City) issued an open letter to Gov. Jerry Brown, asking for reimbursement at the state level for windstorm recovery costs.

"For the past seven weeks, our cities have been struggling to recover from this unprecedented windstorm that dramatically affected our communities and impacted our citizens," Bogaard wrote.

“While still responding to the emergency and attempting to restore power, we were asked to provide a preliminary damage assessment when the full extent of the damage was not yet determined. Quite frankly, we underestimated the true impact in the immediate aftermath of the storm," the mayor added.

The release went on to say that the cost of emergency response and clean-up in Southern California was "approaching $40 million and will continue to climb."

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