In all of San Bernardino County, High Desert cities suffered the brunt of last week's storm damage, according to initial estimates by the county Office of Emergency Services.


However, those estimates do not include the snow-covered city of Big Bear Lake, which emergency services officials expect will top the list once workers there can dig out enough to survey the storm's impact.


Local cities are reporting a minimum of $16 million in damage, out of an estimated $25.2 million done to public and private property countywide over five days last week.


Five San Bernardino County homes were destroyed, 10 sustained major damage and 552 have minor damage, according to county Fire Department spokeswoman Tracey Martinez.


All four local cities and the county have now declared states of emergency, which means they can hopefully recover up to 75 percent of funds needed to repair damaged public roads, buildings, wells and more.


However Hesperia city officials said Tuesday night that they expect it will be months before those emergency funds are made available.


Hesperia has reported the largest local damage estimates so far, with $3 million in needed repairs to private property and $2.9 million for city property. Third Avenue saw some of the worst devastation, with a 92-yard stretch washed away by the storms.


But Hesperia's total will likely be surpassed in Victorville, where officials are reporting at least $5 million in storm damage to public property alone. And City Manager Jim Cox said he expects that total to grow, too, as staff evaluates the extent of the blow to La Mesa Road, which had developed eight giant sinkholes by the time the rains subsided.


Apple Valley is reporting $1 million in damage to public property, with a portion of Tamiani Road closed indefinitely, and $1.7 million in damage to private property.


Adelanto had $150,000 worth of general road damage, such as pot holes and debris, according to City Manager Jim Hart. And Adelanto School District also reported $100,000 in damage to classrooms that were flooded.


"Adelanto was fortunate that the damage wasn't greater than what it was," Hart said. "However, we do understand that there was some damage to private property as well as public property."


Hesperia Star staff writer Beau Yarbrough contributed to this report.