Signs of Recovery in Quake-Damaged Calexico

Quake-damaged downtown opens in Calif border city

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    A U.S. Border Patrol agent walks past rows of broken glass from windows in downtown Calexico, Calif., after an earthquake struck the area, Sunday, April 4, 2010. Damage reports from the U.S.-Mexico border region are growing after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake in Baja California that was felt from Tijuana and Los Angeles to Las Vegas and Phoenix. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

    Downtown Calexico is open for business, 11 days after a strong earthquake caused major damage along the California-Mexico border.

    About a dozen stores were allowed to reopen Thursday as the city attempts to recover from the 7.2-magnitude quake that killed two people in nearby Mexicali, Mexico.

    Pedestrians are returning to the area, though streets remain closed to vehicles and chain link fences still surround damaged buildings.

    About two dozen buildings remained closed due to serious damage. City Manager Victor Carrillo says some may be demolished.

    Grocery store owner Eduardo Lopez spent the morning calling employees back to work. His building escaped major damage but he says the closure cost him thousands of dollars.

    Calexico is about 120 miles east of San Diego.