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More damage from 1994 quake found in sewer lines

August 11, 1997

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Inspectors have found nearly twice as much sewer damage as originally expected from the 1994 Northridge earthquake, adding millions to the cost of repairs.

The work originally was set at $147 million, all paid for by Federal Emergency Management Agency funds, but it now is estimated at $200 million, said damage assessment manager Hagop Yepremian.

He and other officials originally estimated that the powerful quake on Jan. 17, 1994, caused cracks in 150 miles of the city’s sewer network.

The city had expected to complete repairs this summer, but inspectors now estimate damage affects 285 miles of line, requiring three more years of work.

``I don’t know what is going to happen in two years,″ said Andy Badalian, a program manager for the city’s Public Works Department. ```We could find more.″

The 6.7-magnitude Northridge quake killed 72 people and caused $25 billion in property damage.

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