Butte County, Brian Watt, Sukey Lewis discussed on Morning Edition


Two finds Howard and his counterpart both played by j k Simmons stranded in the others parallel dimension counterpart, premiers this Sunday on stars and the stars up. And by the listeners and members if K Q E D public radio eighty eight point five FM, it's morning edition on I'm Brian watt. This week the first phase of the first step of recovery and rebuilding began in paradise as. Has met team started the process of removing hazardous waste like ESTES and propane tanks from Bern areas in Butte county, but the total cleanup job is going to be massive and take about a year to complete officials say sukey Lewis who reported on the cleanup from last year. Fires in the north bay joins us now Sukhi. So at the time the north bay fire cleanup was considered a huge undertaking. The biggest cleanup job since the nineteen o six earthquake. How does the campfire cleanup compare? It's just so so much bigger. I'm actually going to let the director of the governor's office of emergency services. Mark ghilarducci. Explain the magnitude of north bay cleanup compared to this job. And when we were all said and done with that operation, we removed enough debris to make to Golden Gate Bridge is if you could imagine in this case, we are at least fourteen. Times as much debris. Wow. I can't even wrap my head around that, but where will all this debris go. Well, that's going to be a really big challenge with this cleanup because the debris has to go quite a bit further. The local landfill in Butte county just doesn't have the room. So they're talking about taking it to landfills, south of Butte county and with the metal and concrete. The state is talking about actually sending it by rail to Utah Nevada for recycling. So with the north bay cleanup job there were some issues that you reported on extensively homeowners complaining of property damage contractors taking away more soil than necessary. Is there a plan to prevent these kinds of things from happening again? Well, last time around the state actually went to the federal government and ask them for help. Because it was such a big project this time the state saying they're going to do it. They actually have more experience than the army corps of engineers who. Did it last time that was their first cleanup job? And this time coury cycle state's recycling agency is going to head up the job, and they've actually been doing fire cleanup for about ten years. And they say they've learned a lot of lessons through that experience. And they really want to have a closer eye on the whole thing. Here's Eric lamb who's heading up the recovery for Cal LES what we will not be doing is creating swimming pool size holes in your yard. We will simply be removing contaminated soil that needs to be removed and nothing more. So I know it's hard to be specific about how long this will take. But what is the general timeline for the project? So cow recycle is working on putting together the requirements for the job. And then they're going to put it out to bed. They're trying to find the head contractors and begin hauling away debris by about mid January. I'm but before even any of that can start the state. Has to get residents to sign on. So they're starting to do these town hall meetings and trying to get them all to all sign these right of entry forms to allow the government to come onto their property and remove things. This entire process though is expected to take about a year. Sukey lewis. Thank you. Thank you. Brian tomorrow marks one month since the start of the campfire, the official death toll stands at eighty five some colleagues, and I are going to take a moment now and read the names of those people whose deaths have been confirmed by law enforcement or by their families. From the town.

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