Chico and Oroville receive $5-million for post-Camp Fire impacts

Chico and Oroville are receiving $5-million combined from the state for help with impacts after the Camp Fire with both places saying it will go towards repairing roads among other things.

Posted: Sep 3, 2019 10:59 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Chico and Oroville are receiving $5-million combined from the state for help with impacts after the Camp Fire with both places saying it will go towards repairing roads among other things.

"Although it is a drop in the bucket compared to what the actual impacts have been, we're very grateful and we're very thankful," said Chico City Manager Mark Orme.

Orme said the money is planned to go towards public safety and infrastructure needs.

"You're looking at streets, roadways, infrastructure, and also police and fire needs to help serve the public and especially the increased public," he continued.

Those Action News Now spoke with, agree.

"I think it should go towards the roads cause the roads are horrendous in Chico. They're in very rough shape so that would be where I'd put most of the money if it were me; if I had a choice," said Tom Fresina.

"Well, public safety is up on my agenda because I live alone and we'd like to be safe down here," said Marilyn Howard.

Oroville's population jumped 20% after the Camp Fire and City Administrator Bill Lagrone said the money will help repair roads, replace fire equipment and make improvements to the sewer collection system.

"We're also going to look at working on our planning staff and increasing that because we have seen an influx in people wanting to build houses not only individual houses but also subdivisions.," said Lagrone. "So, we're going to need a little help in that so we'll be using the money to bolster all of those areas."

Ideas for both cities will be taken to their respective city councils for they have the final say where the money will be spent.

Chico is looking at $500-million of financial needs because of the Camp Fire disaster.

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