On the evening of Wednesday, September 15, the very beginning of reconstruction possibilities in Greenville will begin with a community town hall titled “Dixie Fire Recovery Update”. It will be held at Greenville Junior Senior High School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the presence of staff representatives from Plumas County, FEMA and CalOES as well as other state partners to answer questions from Greenville residents. and other communities that have lost structures to Dixie Feu.
Recovery, disaster assistance and reconstruction information will be provided at that time. A Zoom or livestream component of the meeting will also be available.
Supervisor Kevin Goss will be posting regular updates to his Facebook page so voters can find more information on this and other upcoming meetings regarding the recovery.
Another development regarding recovery is the creation of an advisory committee, which will be comprised of nine to 15 Greenville residents who will report to the board of directors on various aspects of recovery. Some will focus on the immediate issues of making the area livable, bringing back business, while others will focus on residential structures. Goss hopes the committee will be made up of residents who follow to complete the task.
Due to social media, there is a lot of information and misinformation regarding the city and its recovery infrastructure.
Residents with structures and RVs have already repopulated the Greenville area, but those on the city’s water are currently only able to use the water for washing. The water is currently not drinkable, nor can it be boiled for safety reasons. Residents who use water should only take cold showers. Sixteen tests were performed on the current water system, with one of 16 coming back with a positive test of 0.007 for benzene. Benzene is a liquid hydrocarbon found in petroleum products and coal tar and is highly carcinogenic.
Residents may be eager to sift through the ashes or the residences and businesses, but it is advisable to only do so if there is a sign with a green check mark on the property. If there is still a large red sign, it is still considered a danger zone. Some areas will be considered dangerous because they could collapse at any time while others could contain asbestos and other carcinogens. Residents also should not screen unless they have been assured by state or federal agencies or their insurance companies that they are authorized to do so.
Supervisor Goss advises residents to recheck all sources of information. He cited an example of religious clean-up crews coming in to sift through lots of property still being declared unsafe with the red mark indicating they may contain hazardous materials. According to Goss, Sheriff Johns must have reminded them that it was not in their jurisdiction to determine what was safe.
Goss made it clear that he understood people’s frustrations – he too lost property and business in the fire.
“As the initial incident subsides, I will post more information for fundraisers and meetings for people in my district,” Goss said.
To that end, there is a Greenville Salvage Fundraiser and Golf Tournament on September 25 at the Mt. Huff Golf Course, the proceeds of which will be donated to survivors of the Greenville Fires. The Mt. Huff Golf Club will host a one-day tournament with the proceeds going to the Craggs family who also lost their home.
The cost of the tournament is $ 40 per person with $ 10 for a golf cart. For more information on tournaments, interested parties should call (530) 284-6300.