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State Official Tours Cities Hit Hardest By Last Week’s Wind Storm

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ARCADIA (CBS) — A state official Friday toured some of the areas hit hardest by last week’s wind storm.

Michael Dayton, the acting secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency, drove through the San Gabriel Valley to assess damages.

His visit is the first step in declaring a state of emergency, which could open up both state funding and federal assistance.

Pasadena city officials estimate at least $20 million in damages from downed trees and power lines, as well as cracked sidewalks. Estimates are also high for cities such as Arcadia and Temple City.

Pasadena residents say they think the city needs help recouping cleanup costs.

“I think that it’s an act of God that knocked out all of these trees,” Joe Borda told CBS2. “And, you know, it’s gotta be a burden on the city municipal workers to get this done, but it’ll take weeks to fix everything.”

Officials are asking affected residents to call 211 so they can also tally up costs homeowners are incurring.

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