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Red Cross Shelter Lease to End Jan. 31

The lease to operate the emergency shelter at the silver dollar fairgrounds is set to end in 13 days.

Posted: Jan. 18, 2019 5:37 PM
Updated: Jan. 19, 2019 9:42 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The lease to operate the emergency shelter at the silver dollar fairgrounds is set to end in 13 days, on Jan. 31. 

Action News Now reporter Christina Vitale went to the Fairgrounds Friday to find out what will happen to the 600 people still housed at the emergency shelter. 

Red Cross Public Affairs Volunteer Dianna Van Horn, said as far as they know the shelter will close on that date. Van Horn said until then, they're working with local officials, the state, the county and community organizations to try and find housing solutions for these people.

"That's [Jan. 31] when the people would be moving and we will start the cleanup, which of course will take a little while," Van Horn said. 

Some evacuees are working together to move trailers out by the lease end date. 

"There's 120 travel trailers at the Red Cross Shelter here in Chico and I've set on a mission to get everyone out of here by the 31st, and so that's a challenge I've taken on and I'm in the process of doing two today," said Stephen Murray, an evacuee at the shelter. 

Murray volunteers to help other evacuees in need, and he said some Chico families are taking on trailers with evacuees to their own personal properties. 

He also has 52 trailer spots he is trying to fill at RV parks all over the county, which he will personally pick up and bring to the new location, he said. 

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