Chico and Oroville secure $5 million from state for Camp Fire impact

Almost 10 months after the Camp Fire and many in the region are still struggling with recovery.

Posted: Sep 3, 2019 9:40 AM
Updated: Sep 3, 2019 9:50 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Almost 10 months after the Camp Fire and many in the region are still struggling with recovery.

Two Butte County cities are getting a large financial boost. Oroville and Chico are getting $5 million and this money is coming from the state.

Senator Jim Nielsen and Assemblyman James Gallagher, and Chico City Council Member went to the state legislature and made their appeal. They explained how Camp Fire has impacted both Oroville and Chico.

Chico absorbed nearly 20,000 residents overnight. Oroville experienced a sudden population growth of 20% percent.

The funds are a one-time appropriation of $3 million to the City of Chico and $2 million to the City of Oroville. Sen. Neilsen said the money will go towards improving infrastructure and quality of life.

Chico and Oroville city leaders will decide how to allocate the money to address public safety, roads, traffic, and other impacts.

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