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City of LB implements hot line to inform residents of storm-damage help

January 29th, 2010 · No Comments · News

The City of Long Beach has established a special hot line and web
page to help residents and business learn about opportunities for
assistance if they suffered damage in the recent storms that dropped
approximately seven inches of rain within several days.
“After this week’s series of severe storms, the next step is to
assess the amount of damage done and begin the process of repairing,”
said Mayor Bob Foster. “This City hot line will help to identify
property losses and inform residents and businesses about assistance
that may be available to them.”
A preliminary assessment estimates the storm caused approximately $2
million in damage to homes and businesses in Long Beach, and cost the
City of Long Beach an estimated $1 million damage to public buildings
and approximately $200,000 in personnel costs.
Public facilities reporting significant damage include the Main
Library, several Park facilities and the Student Union at California
State University at Long Beach. The storm damaged several other City
facilities, vehicles and equipment.
Street flooding caused water damage to numerous residences and
businesses.
The hot line will be able to collect
information 24/7 in English, Spanish and Khmer. The web page can be
accessed at www.longbeach.gov under “Featured News.” The City
will use the information to contact residents and business when
opportunities for assistance programs become available. The
information also will help identify the extent of damage experienced
by the public, and help people detail their damage and estimated
financial loss.
People are encouraged to first contact their insurance companies to
assess what portion of the damage will be covered by insurance. Now
that the State of California has declared an emergency, state
financial assistance opportunities will likely be available. The City
will act as the conduit between residents and businesses and the State
to access disaster assistance from the State.
The hot line number is (562) 570-6077.

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