Long Beach collects information to help residents recover from extreme rain storms

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The City of Long Beach has established a special hotline and web page to help residents and business learn about opportunities for assistance if they suffered damage in the recent storms that dropped approximately 7 inches of rain last week.

“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 – 562.570.6077 – will be able to collect information 24/7 in English, Spanish and Khmer. The web page can be accessed at www.longbeach.gov by clicking the storm damage article 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.

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