PARADISE, Calif. - Nearly two years of nonstop Camp Fire recovery efforts in Paradise have left the town’s roads badly damaged, but they have now received massive federal grants to fix the roads.
Tuesday, the town of Paradise discussed their long-term plans with moving forward in roadway repairs after the 2018 Camp Fire burned through the town.
Town manager Kevin Phillips shared why this is a necessary step in the town's recovery.
“It’s the ultimate importance," said Phillips. "One of the biggest requirements you know is to keep the roads up and maintained, so for us to have to go through and repair all of the roads in town, it would be impossible."
Due to ongoing recovery efforts like debris removal and hazard tree removal, the town's roadways now have severe damage, but the town of Paradise was granted 77.3 million dollars in additional funding from the Federal Highway Administration and FEMA.
"It would just be a huge amount of money and if anyone has driven through paradise recently, they would see that there is potholes and there is different damages that have occurred that need to be repaired and so with this funding coming in and this large amount of funding we are going to be able to repair these roads,” said Phillips.
Paradise is receiving an additional two and a half million dollars from the North Valley Community Foundation to help repair the roads in town.
Phillips said the town will start its repairs on the roads in 2023.