City Expected To Appropriate $200,000 For El Niño Emergency Response

Glendora City Hall

Anticipating the “Godzilla El Niño” forecasters say will drench SoCal in rain not seen in 18 years, Glendora officials are expected to begin appropriating funds to address the response and potential aftermath.

The $200,000 appropriation would be taken from the city’s general fund to provide for personnel costs, Emergency Operations Center activation, sandbag purchases and mud and debris removal, City Staff said.

Glendora’s costs of responding to the Colby Fire and subsequent flooding and cleanup nearly topped $1 million from fiscal year 2013-14 to 2015-16, with some of the expenditures being recovered through grant funding.

Data from the National Weather Service indicates similar weather patterns that led to the powerful El Niño of 1997.

The City Council will separately discuss and possibly award a contract to Gentry Bros., J. De Sigio Construction Inc. and Robert Brkich Construction to provide mud and debris removal in the event of mudslides, in addition to “as needed” emergency repairs to broken or leaking water lines.

The contractors would provide supplemental services during peak periods or when city work crews become overwhelmed with repair requests.

These topics and more will be discussed at the December 8 City Council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 116 E. Foothill Blvd.