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Highland City Council waives storm fix fees

December 30, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The Highland City Council voted Thursday to waive fees so residents affected by last week's storm could begin rebuilding.

At the meeting, residents wanted to know when help would arrive.

Juan Martinez Jr. and his family returned to their mud-soaked house only to learn they might not be able to inhabit their home.

"Our insurance guy came today and he said that they don't cover flood, mudslides or mud flows, so they're not going to be doing anything much," he said.

Martinez and his family were instead told to wait for federal help to arrive.

Eight days after a massive mudslide tore through the neighborhood, the emergency response has turned into a recovery one. But the cleanup and repairs still remain.

The city of Highland will head the recovery effort.

"We want to make sure we're at the forefront, that the residents know we're working on the projects and we're looking more to long-term for them now," said Highland Mayor Pro Tem Penny Lilburn.

At the meeting, residents wanted answer and help.

"We did not cause that mud flow," said Joe Mujica, whose home was damaged. "There should have been adequate drainage facilities in place."

FEMA will arrive in Highland next week to assess the damage.