Storm damage repairs in Los Angeles County could cost more than $100 million, officials say

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The recent storms that have ravaged Los Angeles County are quickly becoming a costly mess.

Repairing the recent damage caused by the LA County storms is estimated at $100 million — and those costs are expected to rise as local, state and federal teams continue to assess the damage.

“These teams take a closer look at what that damage really looks like and validate and verify those numbers,” said Emily Montanez of the LA County Office of Emergency Management. “And we’re getting very, very close, if not over, to $100 million.”

It can take weeks to add up the final repair costs. LA County will receive a lot of financial help from the federal government to pay for it.

“Based on the numbers we report to the state and then send to FEMA, we get up to a 75% refund,” Montanez said.

LA Mayor Karen Bass took a tour of the city on Wednesday to assess needed repairs, including a large sinkhole in Chatsworth and a row of homes in the Hollywood Hills damaged by mudslides.

Meanwhile, Caltrans crews are still clearing and repairing the damage caused by skidding on the southbound 5 freeway to the junction with the southbound 110.

In early February, Caltans hopes to reopen the crossing.

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