What You Need to Know: Jan. 9

Good morning, North State! Here's what you need to know to start your day on Jan. 9, 2019.

Posted: Jan 9, 2019 9:05 AM

Camp Fire Considered World's Most Expensive Natural Disaster of 2018

The Camp Fire is now considered the world's costliest natural disaster of 2018. That comes from German insurance company Munich Ree. It says the financial loss was $16.5 billion. 

Rebuilding Businesses: Free Course Offered at Butte College

Wednesday, business owners rebuilding after the Camp Fire can attend a free course at Butte College. The first of a four-week series starts at 8:30 a.m. this morning at the school's Small Business Development Center in Chico. Those interested must register to attend. 

Businesses and Non-Profits Approved for Disaster Assistance 

In Shasta County, following the Carr Fire, the U.S. Small Business Administration says 38 businesses and non-profits have been approved for more than $2 million in disaster assistance loans to help in the rebuilding process. 

Cal Fire Holds Forestry Meeting

Wednesday, Cal Fire's statewide biologist is in Redding to talk about preventing wildfire through forestry. The presentation is at 7 p.m. at One Safe Place Shasta in Redding. 

Benzene Contaminants Found in Paradise Water Supply

If you're a customer of Paradise Irrigation District, do not use the water. The EPA says the water has tested positive from Benzene from Camp Fire runoff. Do not try to treat or boil the water yourself, as that will not make the water safe. 

Chico Police Searching for Multiple Suspects in Armed Robbery Spree

Chico police say they are searching for more than one suspect in a string for four armed robberies over the past week. Police are also taking a look at robbery investigations over the past month to see if any are related. 

Center of Hope Project Approved in Redding

The Redding Planning Commission approved the Hill Country Wellness Center's Center of Hope project on Churn Creek Road. It was controversial due to its location near Redding's Adventist Academy. The commission says a fence or wall must be built between the locations in order to move forward. 

Rain Causes Flooding on Roads in Butte County

Rain is causing flooding on Highway 99 near Keefer Road in north Chico. The road is not closed, but CHP officers are on hand to make sure drivers are being cautious. Officers say the water in the area is not expected to drain any time soon, even if the rain dies down. 

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