Supervisors OK Fee Waivers for Trona Quake Repairs

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Following a swarm of earthquakes that hit the Trona area July 4 and 5, the County Board of Supervisors voted to waive permit fees for post-disaster recovery and repairs to residential properties.

“Trona is a small but strong community,” Supervisor Lovingood said. “The swarm of earthquakes may have jolted the town. But the residents stood ‘Trona Strong’ and are an inspiring example of resilience and of neighbors caring for each other.”

The board-approved waivers are up to a maximum of $1,500 per property, in Trona and surrounding County of San Bernardino communities damaged by the earthquakes. Permits for partial demolition and/or repairs for most of the tagged structures would cost less than $1,000. Properties requiring moderate alterations or additional inspections and consultation with staff could rise to the requested maximum of $1,500 per property.

Upon completion of initial damage assessments in Trona and surrounding County communities following the 2019 July 4 and 5 Earthquake Swarm, 30 residences received red tags, meaning “unsafe to enter”. An additional 52 residences received yellow tags, meaning “unsafe to occupy”. The difference between red and yellow tags is the occupant may enter the yellow tagged structure briefly to retrieve belongings.

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