The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) announced the approval of $493,938.75 in reimbursements to help the County of San Diego cover the costs of debris removal and its Consolidated Bin Program following last year’s Valley Fire.
The reimbursements represent the state’s 75-percent share of the county’s $658,585 in costs related to the two projects that are eligible under the California Disaster Assistance Act following California Governor Gavin Newsom’s State of Emergency Proclamation on September 26, 2020.
“Helping cities and counties reduce the financial burden that responding to major wildfires and other disasters places on their budgets is a top priority of Cal OES,” said Cal OES Deputy Director of Recovery Ryan Buras. “We are hopeful that the nearly $500,000 in reimbursements, combined with reimbursements provided earlier this year, will help ease that burden and help accelerate recovery efforts in the county.”
In August, Cal OES approved $21,652 in reimbursements to help the County of San Diego cover the costs of operating a Local Assistance Center (LAC), as well as the removal and replacement of five road signs following last year’s Valley Fire.
Those reimbursements represented the state’s 75-percent share of the county’s $28,870 in costs related to overtime while operating a Local Assistance Center from September 12-14, 2020 and the removal and replacement of road signs damaged or destroyed during the fire.
More information on the California Disaster Assistance Act is available at https://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/recovery/public-assistance/california-disaster-assistance-act