Paradise


It’s again time for our weekly check in with representatives from agencies repairing damage left behind by the camp fire. 

 

Joining us: Paradise Spokeswoman Colette Curtis, Butte County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Casey Hatcher, and for the first time, Charles Brooks of Rebuild Paradise.

Rubina Hartwig / PUSD Transportation Director


Dramatic cuts and widespread layoffs could be coming to Paradise schools.

 

Officials say an announcement about major layoffs and deep cuts in the Paradise Unified School District could be just weeks away. 

 

How bad it will be is anyone’s guess. 

John Locher / AP Photo


A new effort is being made to reconnect with Camp Fire survivors who may have fallen through the cracks.

The consortium of government, non-profit, religious and charitable organizations called the Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group, will hold a dozen events through Jan. 24, hoping to quantify holes and gaps in recovery efforts so far.

Noah Berger / AP Photo

Those hoping to rebuild and return to Paradise are getting a little help navigating California’s notoriously deep paperwork.

Building a house isn’t easy. Especially, if you’ve never done it before. Acknowledging the complexity, potential pratfalls and frustration, a team of volunteers are now helping Camp Fire survivors plot their return.


A large helping of federal aid should help streamline and speed reconstruction in Paradise.  

 

This week the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a $300,000 grant was issued to the town to help recruit and hire a Disaster Recovery Manager. The funds are in addition to $75,000 committed locally.  

Noah Berger / AP Photo


Paradise officials say a surge in end of year building permit applications shows rising confidence and interest in reconstruction.

 

After the catastrophic Camp Fire more than a year ago, the resurrection of Paradise was anything but assured. Despite the odds, Colette Curtis spokeswoman for the Town of Paradise said many residents are moving quickly in an effort to rebuild.

Noah Berger / AP Photo

  

Previously extended, the deadline for filing a claim against Pacific Gas & Electric Company for wildfire-related loses expires at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

The deadline is part of the Northern California utility’s bankruptcy reorganization process. Anyone who lost income or property due to wildfire before January 29th of this year and believes PG&E is responsible, must file a claim for reimbursement through the courts.

All Trails


After the Camp Fire, damage and contamination to water lines in Paradise was extreme and considered nearly unprecedented. Just more than a year later, officials say restoration is well on its way. 

 

The contamination was caused by melting plastic pipes and meters. As water pressure dropped off during the inferno, a vacuum formed in the pipes, pulling toxic gases into the lines.

Douglas Kesiter

Author photographer Douglas Keister published People, Places, & Pieces of Paradise on the anniversary of the devastating Camp Fire. Stunning images from the fire’s ignition on November 8, 2018, to the fire’s aftermath, along with portraits and sketches of citizens and survivors. 

It’s again time for our weekly check-in with representatives from some of the lead agencies attempting to aid Camp Fire survivors. Earlier today we welcomed Butte County spokeswoman Casey Hatcher and Paradise spokeswoman Colette Curtis into our studios, and also heard from Justin Jacobs with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and Mickey Rich of the Paradise Irrigation District.

Today, Colette Curtis opens our roundtable with word about the upcoming Census, which uses population figures to determine federal and state funding. 

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