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Local Flood Response Moves into Cost Recovery Phase with FEMA and CalOES Visit to Review Preliminary Damage Assessments

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.—This week, the County of Santa Clara and other local jurisdictions are meeting with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Cal OES representatives who are in Santa Clara County to review preliminary financial estimates and damage assessments caused by the devastating February floods. The evaluation of flood damage to County and local jurisdictions’ roads, waterways/creeks, parks, and residential property, in cooperation with the State and FEMA, is part of the recovery phase.  
“This is a standard, but nonetheless welcomed action from Federal and State officials, and an essential step for our recovery phase,” said Dana Reed, Director of Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services.   “Our community is relying on our due diligence to ensure the repair of local roads, parks, and other infrastructure devastated by the President’s Day storm and flooding.”
County agencies and local jurisdictions began the Initial Damage Estimate (IDE) process following the President’s Day storms to gather information on potential damages/costs incurred by the entire Operational Area (inclusive of all jurisdictions and special districts in the county). This process was coordinated by the Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services.  The County submitted an Initial Damage estimate totaling more than $100 million, inclusive of all Public Assistance and Individual Assistance categories for all jurisdictions and special districts.
On Monday, March 6, in coordination with Operational Area agencies, local jurisdictions and districts, and the Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services, the CalOES/FEMA Preliminary Damage Assessment team participated in a meeting detailing the validation and touring process (for “Public Assistance”), and visited various sites affected by major damages.  Yesterday’s meeting facilitated CalOES validation of the Santa Clara County Operational Area Initial Damage Estimate, and the initiation of the Preliminary Damage Assessment process in coordination with FEMA.
Today, (March 7th) FEMA’s “Individual Assistance” Preliminary Damage Assessment PDA teams are meeting with City of San Jose officials and touring the damaged private properties in the City of San Jose.
Media Contact: Laurel Anderson/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119;
Posted:  March 7, 2017
Last updated: 6/22/2017 12:57 PM