FEMA Looking at New Chico Locations for Trailers, Debris Sorting Site

Chicoans fought and won a battle to keep trailers for Camp Fire evacuees out of a residential area in south Chico.

Posted: Dec 18, 2018 5:00 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Chicoans fought and won a battle to keep trailers for Camp Fire evacuees out of a residential area in south Chico.

FEMA has originally planned to place trailers in an empty lot off of Eaton Road in Chico. 

However, Chico City Manager Mark Orme said that a deal could not be reached between FEMA and the owner of the property on Eaton Road, so that location is no longer available. 

Some neighbors in the area have empathy for the survivors and would have been opened to the placement of the trailers. 

"People need to go somewhere," said Jean Irving, resident in the area of the proposed trailers. "This is our community and I feel for the people in Paradise, so I was completely open to it."

However, they also recognize that having the trailers there would have caused some issues in the community. 

"I knew it was probably going to cause some issues with traffic, I know that was a big concern, but I felt like the city and state and the feds need to figure that part out. People need somewhere to go." 

Orme said that just because the site off of Eaton Road is not going to be used, that doesn't mean that there's not another location in Chico that could work for the trailers. 

Additionally, the location for the proposed debris-sorting site at Barber Yard in Chico is no longer on the table as well. 

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