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Rep. Ken Calvert tours damage from tropical storm, meets with local officials for solutions to Indian Canyon closure

Valley Congressman Ken Calvert toured some of the damage from Tropical Storm Hilary on Thursday.

He also met with several elected officials in Palm Springs, where they hope to build a permanent fix at N Indian Canyon, which remains shut down due to the damage from the storm.

Calvert says there first needs to be a short-term fix to open Indian Canyon as quickly as possible, but he also says there also needs to be a long-term solution, which will require federal funding.

He said the governor's office has yet to make an official request for a federal disaster declaration which would help to start the process.

"Apparently, the communities are putting in their estimates to the state as rapidly as possible. Hopefully, the governor will make that declaration as soon as possible, and we can hopefully get it done before we do a disaster supplemental from the United States," Calvert said.

"When do you anticipate that will happen?" Peter Daut asked Calvert.

"Probably in a couple weeks. We need to have it happen as soon as possible," Calvert answered.

Calvert said on Friday, the governor's office will be on a conference call with FEMA to get an update on the process.

You can watch Peter Daut's full, in-depth interview with Calvert at the top of the article.

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