FEMA housing project underway in Gridley

FEMA is working to build housing for Camp Fire survivors in Gridley.

Posted: Jul 17, 2019 4:45 PM
Updated: Jul 17, 2019 4:51 PM

GRIDLEY, Calif. - FEMA is working to build housing for Camp Fire survivors in Gridley.

Representatives with FEMA said they hope to have the houses up and running within 20 days. Construction at the site is ongoing and contractors are currently working to get the grade finalized.

FEMA staff said the lot, leased from the city of Gridley, can hold up to 400 units.

"Water, power, sewer, all the utilities to get that infrastructure in, lift the elevation, lift the ground up, in order to make sure it drains properly, [and] to make sure that there is no ponding or any puddles or anything like that in the event of a rainstorm," said Jeremy Swartz, FEMA's housing task force lead. 

After FEMA is done in the area, they will take the manufactured houses out and leave the infrastructure. Then, it will be up to the city to decide what happens in regards to a long term plan.

FEMA representatives said Camp Fire survivors will be able to receive their mail from the post office.

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