Gov. Brown requests federal aid for Morro Bay
April 8, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown applied for federal disaster relief for Santa Luis Obispo County and five others affected by the March 11 tsunami that sank boats and damaged docks along the coast, he announced Wednesday. [MercuryNews]
Brown’s request says the state sustained $48.1 million in damage, with $455,000 in damage occurring at the Morro Bay Harbor. To apply for federal aid, the state had to meet a threshold of $44 million in total damages.
“The water surge required extensive emergency response and cleanup,” Brown wrote in a letter to President Barack Obama, who will determine whether aid is sent. “Emergency shelters were opened and thousands of residents were evacuated from their homes.”
If approved, aid will be used to supplement repairs and recovery efforts in San Luis Obispo County, Del Norte County, Humboldt County, Mendocino County, San Mateo County and Santa Cruz County.