County Quake Damage Estimates Reach Into The Hundreds Of Millions

By
Chris Furguson
As more data and estimates are reported, the damage to the Imperial Valley from the Easter Sunday earthquake reached more than $100 million dollars.
A significant portion of the damage stems from the Downtown Calexico area, which saw several buildings “red tagged” pending city and private inspections by engineers.
The collapse of a roof on a Third Street business prompted changes to a plan to allow private businesses to reopen late last week.  Some of the older buildings in the area are more than 80 years old and do not meet current earthquake standards.
Calexico officials later said that the damage to the city itself suffered over $28 million in damage, mostly to the city’s water filtration system.
It is not known as of press time how much was lost in the retail or residential sectors of the city.
Additionally, several Calexico schools were also not allowed to reopen due to earthquake damage, including Jefferson elementary moved all 800 of their students to other schools and a pair of private facilities were only permitted to open their doors yesterday morning.
Despite previous estimates topping $80 million, the city of El Centro later lowered the estimated damage from the quake to around $57 million but expected the number to rise again once more information came to the city.
Most of the damage estimates gathered by El Centro came from the El Centro Regional Medical Center, which said it lost around $37 million due to the quake.
Many buildings lost storefront windows and suffered some internal damage.  Other buildings, like the Brunswick Zone XL, saw superficial damage to their facilities.
Imperial, Brawley and the northern areas did not report significant damage as a result of the quake.
In the aftermath of the quake, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger toured the area, as did U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, U.S. Representative Bob Filner, State Senator Denise Ducheny and Assemblyman Manuel Perez.
Schwarzenegger later promised to send relief and would ask President Barack Obama for federal assistance once damage estimates were finalized.