BREAKING NEWS North State Traffic Alerts: Big Rig rollover blocking roadway in Redding Full Story
BREAKING NEWS Authorities searching for murder suspect near Montgomery Creek Full Story
BREAKING NEWS Police searching for south Chico shooting suspect Full Story
BREAKING NEWS Zogg Fire: Over 51,000 and 7% contained Full Story

Camp Fire survivors concerned about FEMA site sinking

Camp Fire survivors living on Hegan Lane in south Chico concerned about the ground caving in.

Posted: Jan 10, 2020 5:10 PM
Updated: Jan 10, 2020 5:52 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Camp Fire survivors living in FEMA trailers on Hegan Lane in south Chico are concerned about the ground caving in.

Eight trailers once stood on Hegan Lane, but as you can see in the video now they're gone. People on the site said they're worried their shelter might go next.

Theresa Baker-Beale and her family are Camp Fire survivors, they've been living at the Hegan Lane FEMA trailer site since August 2018.

“For the first couple months it was great, no more problems,” Beale said. “Then the rain came and then that's where things kind of started to feel like they were falling apart around here.”

Officials with FEMA said it was the first rainfall at the site and on Dec. 2 the dips started to appear.

“One of the waste management trucks had sunk into the ground,” Beale said.

A trash truck driver tried to avoid a low spot shown in the video. The driver tried to avoid it swerved over, got his tires stuck, and almost flipped over. As of right now, waste management trucks don't drive through this property any longer.

“I drive a big mercury mountaineer and after the garbage truck sunk it kind of worries me to come to drive on this side, because I'm afraid my truck might go in,” Beale said.

Action News Now spoke to FEMA about this issue.

“Based on the heavy rains that occurred early December, there were small pockets in the area within the community where we saw soil compaction issues,” FEMA representative, Michael Foster, said.

Beale said they put cones around the area so people would avoid driving on it.

The low spots we're seeing run along the sewer line but the housing unit lead said it's not a correlation to a problem with the sewer system, and the Army Corp will be here to assess the problem and begin repairs.

“Sometimes things occur, this is soil as we know," Foster said. "With the gravel and the soils and the heavy rains, it did create divets in certain areas but those are being addressed now. As far as the residents and occupants they're not in any sort of danger because safety and security is a priority number one for us at FEMA, which is why we brought in the army corp of engineers.”

Eight trailers were moved from one side of the property to the other because levels were off and FEMA said doors weren't closing properly.

FEMA said the Army Corps of Engineers will be out on location on Jan. 20 to assess the holes and each trailer on site. FEMA hopes to have the fixes fully completed by the first week of February.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 815654

Reported Deaths: 15782
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2692846551
Riverside591731216
San Bernardino54849952
Orange535571249
San Diego46985781
Kern32019369
Fresno28517390
Sacramento22438412
Alameda21323408
Santa Clara21294318
San Joaquin20357447
Contra Costa16702206
Stanislaus16496359
Tulare16071263
Ventura12812150
Imperial11877317
San Francisco11238101
Monterey1000872
San Mateo9950150
Santa Barbara9133113
Merced8939143
Kings766180
Sonoma7412122
Marin6727118
Solano641969
Madera455765
San Luis Obispo359729
Placer359645
Butte283744
Yolo282555
Santa Cruz23799
Sutter171711
Napa170513
San Benito134811
Yuba11588
El Dorado11444
Mendocino93918
Shasta88320
Lassen7410
Glenn5933
Tehama5795
Lake55911
Nevada5407
Colusa5326
Humboldt5098
Calaveras31714
Amador29616
Tuolumne2274
Inyo18815
Mono1662
Siskiyou1650
Del Norte1391
Mariposa762
Plumas500
Modoc270
Trinity160
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 99° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 66°
Oroville
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 100° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 66°
Paradise
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 66°
Chester
Overcast
48° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 48°
Red Bluff
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 100° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 71°
Willows
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 101° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 66°
We'll be staying hot and dry today with big impacts to your air quality. Smoke from active wildfires will result in unhealthy to very unhealthy air quality in our region, and will also keep our high temperatures somewhat in check. Cooler temperatures will finally return for your weekend.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events