“We’ve not been successful at getting any disaster relief or insurance on it,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said.
City officials had expected that the work would be covered, and McGinnis said the city will continue to pursue assistance.
The 12-inch water main that burst in March is part of a two-tank system — one holding 2 million gallons and the other 500,000 gallons — that resides at the top of the dune. It blasted a canyon-size hole in the side of the hill, taking trees and sand with it.
The most recent estimate for all of the repair and restoration work at the site is $237,337. For now, the city is taking money out of its General Fund to cover the costs, McGinnis said.
The work includes restoring the integrity of the hill, and replanting trees and vegetation on the hill. City Public Works Director Bill Hunter has said they'll plant a variety of red oaks and sugar maples, and some black cherry and hemlock — 119 trees in all.
The work is slated for completion by June 28.
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