Storm caused millions of dollars worth of damage in Mariposa Co.

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Storm caused millions of dollars worth of damage in Mariposa Co.
Mariposa Co. has filed a request to the state in hopes of getting some of the repair costs reimbursed.

MARIPOSA, Calif. (KFSN) -- Mariposa County has sustained millions of dollars worth of damage in the past year, but county officials say that as of Wednesday, they've yet to see the money that's owed to them.

"I'll just say, I've seen a much more rapid response by FEMA in the past," said Public Works Director Mike Healy.

Healy estimates there's about $2,000,000 worth of damage and staff pay from Thursday's storm.

Mariposa County recently adopted an ordinance that allows the sheriff to file a disaster proclamation, which he did on Saturday. The board ratified it on Tuesday.

But some roads that were damaged during last year's floods are now worse. The county applied for $1,700,000 in aid for 2017.

After reaching out to FEMA, they say the county was authorized for more than $700,000.

"One of the downfalls of these FEMA projects and other storm projects still hanging out is, that we're still in recovery mode, and can't get to our routine work," said Healy.

This recent storm, more catastrophic than the last, has caused several departments to maintain a full staff on the clock.

Sgt. Jake Bobman with the Sheriff's Department has been helping with search and rescue teams, along with emergency response since the storm hit. "It was impressive what some of these floods did to areas I'm familiar with, and they are now are changed, probably forever."

With two people missing in the storm, and catastrophic damage, Bobman says the county still has a long road to recovery.

Meanwhile, Healy is now hoping Governor Jerry Brown approves their latest request for aid before having to dip into their own emergency reserves. "It's scary from a financial perspective."

Officials with the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services say they've already reimbursed the county more than $300,000, but there's more work to be done before they can release anymore.