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Refugee Center Grows at Chico Walmart

"We went through town and it was the most eerie thing I've ever seen in my life, Paradise is gone, it's horrible," said Bell.

Posted: Nov 13, 2018 5:57 PM

"Everyone in my family that's an evacuee lost their homes. Except for my brother and he's missing," said Bell.

Teresa Marie Bell's story is unimaginably tragic. But what's worse? In Butte County, it's also unimaginably common.

Bell stayed in her Magalia home after the evacuation order went out and saw the damage first hand.

"We went through town and it was the most eerie thing I've ever seen in my life, Paradise is gone, it's horrible," said Bell.

She's now joined hundred of others who've set up camp at the booming un-official refuge at Chico's Walmart.

"All these people with the food, clothes, it's awesome because we just had what was on us," said Bell.

Many are in Rv's, some in their cars... Others have even less.

"These wonderful people came and bought us all tents so we're staying in a tent right now," said Bell.

There's no Red Cross, no FEMA aid - just an amazing and constant outpouring of volunteers.

"Yesterday people asked the name of our organization - we don't have a name, we're just doing it" said organizer Guido Barbero.

"We are powerless right now, so I'm grateful for what I have and just doing what I can," said volunteer Annie Aguilar

"Just a return to normalcy would be an amazing gift?" I asked.

"Yes, it would, but it's going to be a long time before it gets back together because it's pretty much gone," said Bell.

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