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Lake County Assesses Damage from Powerful Wind Storm


Courthouse – 255 N. Forbes Street
Lakeport, California  95453
Telephone (707) 263-2580
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Jill Ruzicka, PIO (707) 263-2580


LAKE COUNTY, CA — Friday, November 21, 2013 a powerful wind storm ripped through Lake County causing extensive property damage.  The County of Lake and the City of Clearlake both proclaimed a local emergency in an effort to expedite the clean-up process, and begin the process of determining the possibility of State and Federal aid for disaster relief within their jurisdications.

The damage assessments were initially hampered by the extensive power outages and downed power lines.  PG&E crews were working around the clock to restore electricity.  All power was restored to Lake County customers by 6 PM on Sunday evening.

Some of the most extensive damage to public property occurred at the county-owned Holiday Harbor Marina in Nice.  Approximately half of the docks were destroyed; covered boat awnings were crushed; fences were blown down; and a utility pole was snapped. 

Other public properties affected by the storm include Keeling Park in Nice, with a fallen tree on the public restrooms, and roof damage to the Upper Lake Library. Numerous County parks also require extensive clean-up from green waste debris and the County road crews are performing widespread clean up of roadside debris.

While several public properties were damaged, it was the residential structures that were the hardest hit, particularly in the community of Nice, population 2,870.  Richard Coel, Community Development Director says, “The most common type of damage is roof shingles blown off, carports blown down and fences knocked over.  Roughly 25% of the homes surveyed in Nice thus far have some form of roof damage ranging from missing shingles to structural damage from trees.” 

Lake County building inspectors are currently performing door-to-door surveys in Nice to assess the safety of each home for occupancy, as well as prepare a damage assessment for each structure.  When the building inspectors complete their assessments of Nice they will continue their surveys in Upper Lake and Lucerne.  The Community Development Department estimates they will be done with their damage assessments by Tuesday December 3, 2013

As of noon on Monday, November 25th, County building inspectors were able to survey a small sample of homes in Nice.  Currently, the damage includes: 60 residential buildings suffering structural roof damage; nine homes with trees causing damage; five awning/carports destroyed; four dock roofs blown off; and three homes with utility service issues.  Richard Coel expects these numbers to increase significantly as the damage assessment continues, and hopes to have updated numbers for the Nice community on Wednesday, November 26, 2013.

In an effort to help in the clean-up effort and prevent illegal dumping, the County of Lake has provided waste disposal dumpsters at three sites.  The public should note that no household waste, hazardous materials or green waste should be placed in the dumpsters.  The County Public Services Department asks that green waste be placed next to the dumpsters and not in the dumpsters. 

The locations of the disposal sites are:
• Upper Lake County Park, 575 East Highway 20, Upper Lake, CA
• Lucerne Harbor Park, 6225 East Highway 20, Lucerne, CA
• Northshore Fire Department, 3708 Manzanita Dr., Nice, CA

An additional disposal site for green waste only has been set up near Keeling Park at 1000 Lakeshore Boulevard.

For more information on help with the recovery process, citizens may go to www.caloes.ca.gov and click on the “Recovery” tab at the top.  A copy of the “Assistance and Services for Disaster Recovery” can also be found on the CalOES site, and has numerous phone numbers of different agencies that may be able to provide assistance.


Please contact Jill Ruzicka, Lake County Public Information Officer, (707) 263-2580 office, (818) 395-3050 cell, or by email at Jill.Ruzicka@lakecountyca.gov for additional information.