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"MacArthur Foundation, supporting creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just verdant and peaceful world. Mohr information is at Mac found dot or GE. And the listeners of This is weekend edition from NPR News. I'm Sarah McCammon, one of the nation's largest wildfires in modern history spawned a mass exodus that researchers are only now starting to understand. Northern California's campfire wiped out much of the town of Paradise two years ago. While many people stayed hoping to rebuild, others chose to start over far away from paradise. Lily Jamali of member station reports. If you look at a heat map of where people have moved since the paradise fire, there are clusters in places you might expect in the West. But there is an unexpectedly large group in Tennessee. Specifically. Crossville, Tennessee, Population 12,000. Dan and Sherry Wentland, where the first couple to move here from Paradise landing on this 24 acre plot. While I love the upstairs Because we have get we knew it would have guests. Dan was once the mayor of Paradise. The couple had a construction business there for five decades. Like the majority of those who moved away after the fire, the wetlands are over 65. These days, they mostly do volunteer work and some home improvement. My wife wants me to put a kitchen at here. Dan is proud of his new town and loves to show it off while driving around. It is a darling move. It's such a contrast from another drive. He took 18 months earlier through Paradise when it was still smoldering, just said this will never be my town in my lifetime again. On that drive. He saw countless homes, businesses and churches that he and Sherry had built destroyed. And so I just made that decision. We're gone. It will never be what we knew again ever so we chose to leave. Dan already had ties here. He went to high school in Tennessee and his uncle and brother live in the state. But for Sherry, who grew up in paradise, Crossville didn't feel like home until a recent road trip to Maine and then when we were headed home way were both saying, Well, we're glad we're going to be glad to get out of the car. Get home. It felt like going home was here guys anymore. It was and since then the wetlands have become guides. To a number of friends. Plus Sherri's mom and sister who moved here to everyone asked our advice when they come here now what? Where did you do this? And where did you find that? So about 30 people from Paradise now live here in Crossville. In March, the wetlands organized a reunion of the parody since Stan calls them not everyone followed the wetlands. Others came on their own. This is a moment of re connection for campfire survivors who haven't seen each other since the blaze doing Besides moving to cross the wetlands, longtime friends Randy and Gwynn, Harris say when it came time to start over. They realize their money would go farther in Tennessee. We came here to visit our dear friends, and when we saw the price of homes we just couldn't refuse, and we had said We're gonna look at Idaho next. While we never looked after the fire, home Prices near Paradise shot up to around $400,000. Here in Crossville. The average home cost less than half that so much is cheaper here taxes gas fees for registering everything from cars. Guns. There's another attraction for this group. They say Eastern Tennessee has the same conservative values common in the Paradise area where the camp fire burned. A long time friend of the wetlands, Veda Bouffard says the devout community of Christians was a draw to so I didn't know anybody in paradise when I moved there, either. But there was a church on every corner instead of a bar on every corner. And I think the same Tennessee the re union is a slice of that community alive again. I don't know why everybody ended up in Tennessee. But here we are a little paradise 2500 miles away. For NPR news. I'm Lily Jamali in Crossville, Tennessee. Hurricane Hannah made landfall yesterday on the Texas Coast, a region that's had a dramatic spike in Corona virus cases. There are now worries about flooding later today on all things considered. Michelle Martin speaks with Nakia Bradley, Houston's deputy director for emergency management about how that city has prepared to shelter residents with social distancing precautions. Tune in for that conversation today by asking your smart speaker to play NPR or your member station by name..
"veda bouffard" Discussed on KQED Radio
"A cz well This is the California report. Good morning. I'm Lily Jamali here in Northern California. The utility P Genie is out of bankruptcy. Thie company entered into Chapter 11 in January 2019 weeks after the camp fire, which killed 86 people and wiped out much of the town of Paradise. While some of state in the region hoping to rebuild many you're starting over in other places. In January, we told you about researchers at Chico State who have been using postal data to figure out where everybody went. Back then Peter Hanson showed me a map that displayed how people were scattered all over California and the U. S. As we were talking. I asked him this. Hey, what do you think's going on with this intensity? That's very bizarre. There's this one kind of outlier in Tennessee that has I want to say there's 20 people there. So so I don't know what it was about that place, but a lot of people went there. The cluster was in and around Crossville, Tennessee, a town of just 12,000 people. So in March, just before the pandemic prompted everything to shut down. I went there to learn Why some campfire survivors now call the area. This was Dark colored Dan and Sherry Wetland are showing me around their house, which sits on 24 acres in Crossville, unlike their home in Paradise, where they ran a construction business for almost five decades. They didn't build this place, but they love it, And they're already thinking about how to add to it. Starting with the guest room. My wife wants me to put a kitchen at here. They get lots of visitors. The wetlands moved here about a month after the campfire. It is a darling little town a ride into the heart of Crossville. Dan tells me how it happened so quickly. Two days after the fire is paradise was still smoldering. Dan drove in and got a look at the damage. He was once the mayor and saw countless homes, businesses and churches that he and sherry had built over decades destroyed. I just said this will never be my town in my lifetime again. And so I just made that decision were gone. I just said we're leaving. We're not going to stay here. It will never be what we knew again ever so we chose to leave. And then over the next few weeks, we decided on Tennessee flew out to Tennessee found a beautiful home. That became our home. Dan took to Tennessee almost right away. He went to high school here, and his uncle and brother were already living here. But for Sherry, it didn't feel like home until a recent road trip. There was a part of me that still felt like if we come back, is the house going to be there, you know, And then when we were headed home way were both saying, Well, we're going to be glad to get out of the car. Get home. It felt like going home paradise anymore. It was here now. A couple of friends and Sherri's mom and sister have moved to the area to in March. When I visited the wetlands organized a re union of the Para decent Stan calls them. Who now live in and around Crossville for Veda Bouffard. The re union puts her back in touch with people She hasn't seen since the fire prize. Well, what have you been doing? Besides moving to cross Bill? Oh, my God. And for Jessie Arnold, it creates an opportunity to make new friends just unbelievable because I don't know any of these people. It's like, how did you end up here for Bouffard? A big draw was that so many people here are devout. It feels like paradise decades ago when she first arrived. I didn't know anybody in paradise when I moved there, either. But there was a church on every corner instead of a bar on every corner, and I Think the same Tennessee the wetlands, longtime friends Randy and Glenn Harris are also here, Randy says. When it came time to rebuild, they decided their money would go farther in Tennessee. In around paradise, where housing costs skyrocketed after the fire came here to visit our dear friends, and when we saw the price of homes we just couldn't refuse..
"veda bouffard" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Today's reunion comes is severe Storms and tornadoes dominate the news here. Days earlier, a Siri's of deadly twisters swept through the state. One of them narrowly missed Crossville. Here's Jesse Arnold and I was just weepy all day because of it, and I haven't really experienced any PTSD that I'm aware of after the fire until that happens. And Gwynn Harris after watching the tornado, the news I just said I can't watch anymore. Her. It's just too upset. And especially when you hear that there were younger people lost and Children. That Majesty. It's just ah, heartbreak. Then the conversation turns to their stories of getting out of the disaster they lived through in Paradise, Gwynn. Harris even manages to find humor in her husband's first reaction to hearing the town was on fire. Randy first thing, said. A man called That's what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna called Daniel Don't Dan was always kind of like the Superman in Paradise. Dan Wetlands Mission has been convincing Veda Bouffard, whose home he built in paradise to leave her rental an hour away and move even closer as a tease. He's said he would build my house if I moved across Vill. Oh, we would love to have her here. She's been our friend forever way would love to have you here. We built a lovely home for her. I'm gonna have to build again and I might do it. We'll see who farts next house will be what she calls her. Get old home. I don't know why everybody ended up Tennessee. But here we are. Little paradise. Thank you to the wetlands and everybody who shared their stories with me in.