- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Spokane officials are issuing apologies to homeowners who received letters after the Nov. 17 windstorm telling them to clean up the mess or face fines.

KREM-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1OuB7m5 ) that the apology letters say that the notices didn’t “effectively convey” the city’s intent.

Officials say the letters were meant to inform homeowners of resources available to them to help in storm recovery.

A homeowner said she received a notification three days after the storm that told her to clean up the damage. The letter stated if she did not comply, the house may be deemed unsafe and she would have to pay $1,500.

Officials say dozens of homeowners had received the letters based on what emergency crews saw as they assessed the damage from the storm.



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Information from: KREM-TV, https://www.krem.com/

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