CALIPATRIA — The damages Calipatria and Brawley endured during the 2010 Easter Sunday earthquake weren’t devastating but significant nonetheless, officials said Tuesday.
In Calipatria, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was credited for helping cover damages to city facilities.
Structural damage to the walls and roof of the Community Center at Rademacher Park across from City Hall has left it unoccupied since the 7.2-magnitude quake rumbled into the Imperial Valley from Baja California, said Calipatria City Manager Rom Medina.
The Little League building and its storage room, which sit at Rademacher Park, were damaged, Medina said. In the meantime, residents have been using the Well Being Recreation Room on Lake Avenue for community activities, Medina said.
Both the Community Center and Little League facilities are slated for repairs within the next 12 months at a combined cost of $53,000, Medina said.
FEMA reimbursed Calipatria for the $1,000 work done on repairing an aeration component of the city’s wastewater treatment plant, Medina said.
That particular repair job got done shortly after the quake struck, Medina said.
FEMA also helped fund repairs to city streets and sidewalks to the tune of $25,000, the city manager said.
“We are just fortunate that FEMA was here to assist us in the damages,” Medina said.
In Brawley, however, the quake did less than $50,000 in damage, said Shirley Bonillas, risk manager for the city.
A lot of the damage was centered on the water treatment plant, she said.
While some city vehicles sustained damage, more than $42,600 was spent in repairing a component at the bottom of a retention basin of the water treatment plant, Bonillas said.
The city requested FEMA funds to do repairs but Bonillas said she was not certain how much of it was received for the water treatment plant.
“In the scheme of things, Brawley wasn’t hurt that bad next to what we hear happened in Calexico and El Centro,” Bonillas said.
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