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San Gabriel Valley Digest

The Region : 100 Apply for Storm Aid

March 11, 1993

About 100 San Gabriel Valley residents have applied since early February for state and federal grants or loans to help cover property losses caused by this winter's heavy rains and floods, officials said.

Residents whose homes, personal property or businesses were damaged during the storms have until April 5 to apply by telephone for state and federal assistance to cover uninsured or underinsured losses.

The state Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have closed their countywide temporary walk-in Disaster Application Centers, including one in Arcadia that served the San Gabriel Valley.

Applicants can still register by calling (800) 462-9029 or, for those with hearing or speech impairments, (800) 462-7585.

Beginning in February, President Clinton declared 24 rain-soaked California counties--including Los Angeles County--disaster areas, triggering state and federal emergency assistance for residents there.

The help includes grants for temporary housing, mortgage and rental assistance, and low-interest loans for repairs to homes and businesses.

San Gabriel Valley cities have reported storm damage estimates of a combined $846,000 to public property and about $1 million to private property--$700,000 in West Covina alone, according to county officials.

A West Covina spokeswoman said the private property damage there included several flooded houses, two uprooted swimming pools, several mudslides and numerous cases of damaged roofs on houses and apartments.

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