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FEMA housing impact on Lake Oroville summer recreation minimal

A few months after FEMA put trailers for Camp Fire survivors at Lake Oroville, some locals are saying they've noticed a change in the flow of business in that area.

Posted: Jul 10, 2019 7:54 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A few months after FEMA put trailers for Camp Fire survivors at Lake Oroville, some locals are saying they've noticed a change in the flow of business in that area. 

"Actually it hasn't been too bad. They have 70 trailers up there it has definitely affected our business a little bit, we are used to having campers up there so we have lot more business going on in our bar, and business and rental boats. So it has slowed it a little bit, but being with a full lake we seem to make it up another way," said Ben Johnson, who was at the Bidwell Canyon Marina.

Lakegoers on Wednesday said they had heard rumors of a possible increase in crime, with generators and gas tanks disappearing, but believe overall, "Bidwell Marina is doing a really good job..." with security.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation was unavailable to comment on whether there has been an increase in crime for the area. 

More Campgrounds remain open, despite the FEMA location being closed to the public. 

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