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People weigh in on proposed FEMA trailers near Hegan Lane

People who live in Chico weighed-in at the city council chambers on a plan to put FEMA trailers in a Hegan Lane business.

Posted: Mar 26, 2019 10:26 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- People who live in Chico weighed-in at the city council chambers on a plan to put FEMA trailers in a Hegan Lane business.

Several people who live around the Hegan lane property told Action News Now they don't support the trailers if traffic and safety concerns are not addressed first.

Originally the modeling was set for 48 mobile units and at this meeting that was increased to 82 units.

City manager Mark Orme said the general services administration will negotiate the land lease and then FEMA will come in and work on what needs to be done on this site.

A lease is in place for 12 months with a six-month extension, according to Orme. 

We spoke with several homeowners who live near where the trailers would be placed on Hegan Lane and they told us some of their concerns.

"I think our major concern is absolute safety with railroad tracks at one end and active schedules. Often there are drop-offs at the depot, could be on the tracks for 20 minutes. Don't get me wrong, we have good intentions. My children work in Paradise and lost their jobs, we feel very bad, but we don't think solving one problem and creating an even bigger one is really the solution," said Jan Larsen, a neighbor who lives near where the trailers would be placed.

"There has to be some safety issue. There has to be somebody to tell us an evacuation plan. We don't want something to happen like what has happened up in Paradise and of course it would not be that gigantic, but it could still happen for people in that area and there are a lot of people who work in that area," said Barbara Joronen, a neighbor who lives near where the trailers would be placed.

In terms of who gets to live in the trailers, FEMA representatives said that they would be focusing on people who are already living in Chico first.

Orme said this would be the last public engagement from the city unless there are changes that need to be made to the trailers. For now, FEMA will be taking over any sort of public outreach. 

FEMA did not say when they will officially start placing trailers on the Hegan Lane property.

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