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Paradise talks about potential plans for the future of the town

PG&E made a stunning statement at the special Paradise town council meeting on Wednesday night.

Posted: May 22, 2019 11:18 PM
Updated: May 22, 2019 11:19 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- PG&E made a stunning statement at the special Paradise town council meeting on Wednesday night. 

Aaron Johnson, PG&E's Vice President of Electric Operations, also announced the utility would place its electric lines underground.

"On behalf of my company, I want to apologize for the role our equipment had on this tragedy," said Johnson.

A brief moment of applause happened as PG&E apologized, one week after fire officials said the company's equipment started the Camp Fire.

"I thought it was sincere, I thought they did a nice job. I feel like they're trying," said Scott Norman, a Camp Fire survivor. 

"Nothing I can stand up in front of you and say is going to undo that. We also understand it creates an obligation for us to do the right thing for this community," said Johnson.

"We've all been expecting the news about PG&E and there's a lot of people who lost, you know, people here and that wasn't mentioned," said Cathy Gallentine, a Camp Fire survivor.

PG&E talked about their latest plan in the rebuilding efforts.

"Moving forward we will be undergrounding the entire distribution system for the town and surrounding areas," said Johnson.

The special meeting also covered ideas Camp Fire survivors wanted for the future of Paradise.

People gave feedback on ideas such as having interior sprinklers and a permanent perimeter foundation. 

"We love our town and we're not going anywhere else, we're in for the long haul," said Dawn Carey, a Camp Fire survivor.

The project boards will be available at the Paradise Town Hall for one week for anyone who hasn't had a chance to come to this meeting and give their input.

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