Marin faces $1.7 million storm damage bill

The Marin County Board of Supervisors has approved $1.7 million in emergency funding to repair roads and levees damaged by a major storm in December, officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Marin County Department of Public Works, the storm resulted in a total of $13.3 million in damage in the county. Their figures indicate the storm caused $9.3 million in damage to public property and another $4 million in damage to private property.

The final cost of repairs for the Novato levees damaged in the storm are estimated at $1 million, and they need an additional $700,000 for landslide repairs on Muir Woods Road and Lucas Valley Road.

The public works department will now move forward by soliciting bids. Raul Rojas, public works director, said in a prepared statement the work must be done before more damage accumulates, and the repairs have to improve the levees in such a way that they can withstand stronger storms in the future.

The expenditure will reduce the county’s one-time reserve for extraordinary events from nearly $7 million to $5.25 million, public works officials said.