With a break in the weather and Clear Lake’s floodwaters receding, Lakeport officials have lifted mandatory evacuation orders for some of its shoreline residents.
But plenty of problems remain behind.
City officials estimate there was some $1.1 million in damage to private property from the flooding. Damage to city infrastructure, including roads and parks, is estimated at roughly $6 million, according to Lakeport Community Development Director Kevin Ingram. Officials from the California Office of Emergency Services are in the process of touring the city and county to further assess the damage, he said.
Lake and Mendocino counties reported a combined $12 million to $14 million in storm-related damages.
Evacuation orders for the Lucky 4 Trailer Resort and the Aqua Village Mobile Home Park in Lakeport were lifted Tuesday. Orders remain in place for the Esplanade neighborhood and the Will-O-Point Resort & Mobile Home Park, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office reported.
About 225 people living along the shoreline were ordered to evacuate last month after Clear Lake surpassed 10 feet on the Rumsey gauge, a shoreline water mark.
Nine feet is considered flood level but homes generally aren’t affected at that point. Clear Lake peaked at 10.58 Rumsey on Feb. 23 — its highest level since 1998 — before beginning its slow descent.
Damage to Lake County has been estimated at between $5 million and $7 million, according to Lake County Administrative Officer Carol Hutchingson, and “we are still discovering damages” as water recedes from roadways.
Mendocino County officials said most of their storm damage also is to roads. County transportation director Howard Dashiell estimates it will cost some $7 million to make repairs.
Repairs to a slip out on Orr Springs Road — which runs between Ukiah and the coast — is expected to cost near $1 million, he said. Meanwhile, a nearly completed temporary bridge will allow passage.
Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services Coordinator Rick Ehlert said an estimated 90 percent of storm damage in the county was to roads but there also was significant damage to a commercial fishing area in Point Arena, where waves pulled away some of the sea wall and dumped water and rocks in the parking lot, Ehlert said.
Ehlert’s office asks cities, tribes, special districts, and private individuals and businesses to fill out reports documenting damage.
The information will help determine whether the county and residents are eligible for disaster relief, including low-income loans, officials said. The forms can be found at: http://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/oes/