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Official: Tsunami Damage Upward Of $40M In California

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(credit: Kim White/Getty Images)

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A California official estimates that statewide damage from last week’s tsunami exceeds $40 million.

KCBS Newsradio’s Mike Culgan Weighs in on the KNX Newsline

Mike Dayton, acting secretary of the Emergency Management Agency, gave the estimate Monday after touring Santa Cruz Harbor, where 18 vessels sank, about 100 were damaged and another 12 remained unaccounted for.

The damage in Santa Cruz Harbor alone is estimated at $17 million.

Officials at Crescent City Harbor, which also suffered significant wave damage, are still working on a damage total.

Dayton watched as recovery crews used large inflatable pillows to get battered vessels to float to the top of the water.

He says state officials are still determining whether to seek federal assistance with rebuilding efforts.

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