Napa Earthquake

Barry Martin speaks to Larry Sharp about the Earthquake and its impact on the city:

City of Napa CURRENT STATUS 3pm Tue Sept 2, 2014
It’s day 9 of recovery from the magnitude 6.0 South Napa Earthquake that occurred at 3:20am Sunday, August 24, causing an estimate $300 million damage to privately-owned homes and commercial properties in the City of Napa.
Status as of 3pm:
BUILDING INSPECTIONS AND PERMITS: The Community Services Building at 1600 First Street re-opened today and is staffed to answer questions and issue permits for needed repairs. Inspection and permit fees are being waived for persons who have suffered earthquake damage. On Monday, Sept 8, the Local Assistance Center (LAC) will open at 426 First Street (First Street and Silverado Trail) as a cooperative effort by the City and County. The LAC will include representatives from the State of California Office of Emergency Services, Small Business Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross, and other agencies and organizations. This “one-stop center” will provide information on relief resources of many kinds. 
STRUCTURES DAMAGED: Inspectors are continuing the second round of evaluations of damaged structures. The current number of red tagged structures is 129, with 20 structures having been moved to the yellow tag or green tag list. There are more than  1,000 on the yellow tag list. These numbers will continue to change as more structures receive their second inspection and interiors are seen. 

A red tag means the structure is uninhabitable due to damage from the quake; a yellow tag indicates caution should be used. See for more information on red and yellow tags and how to respond to them. Please DO NOT remove any tag – red, yellow or green – from your home or commercial property. These exterior tags help inspectors know at a glance that your building has had initial review. If your structure has no tag, it is up to the individual to decide if the structure is safe to inhabit. If you believe you have significantstructural damage a City inspector should come by your property to inspect for safety concerns call 707-258-7829 and follow the instructions. With around 1,000 calls for requested inspections in the last week, there is a long list.  Please be patient as City staff works to clear the backlog.
WATER SUPPLY: Since the quake, about 130 water line breaks have been repaired. The Water Division is now responding to new reports of breaks and there is no backlog of repairs resulting in loss of water service to customers. If you lost water service completely for any period of time after the earthquake, the City of Napa advises you to use one of these three options:
·         Use bottled water for drinking and cooking
·         Boil tap water for one full minute before use for drinking or cooking
·         Use water for drinking and cooking from one of the water stations set up by the City, on Pearl Street one block west of Main, or at the Las Flores Center on Linda Vista Avenue
This message provided by the City of Napa (System No. 2810003) in collaboration with the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water.  The City expects to rescind this advisory notice soon.
All tap water remains safe for bathing and other household uses. If you water appears cloudy but you did not lose service, let the tap run until the sediment clears.
Call 707-257-9544 with water questions. The Water Division is staffing phones 24 hours a day while repairs are made.
GAS AND ELECTRIC: Any resident or business owner with gas or electric concerns may call 1-800-743-5002 for a courtesy check from PG&E. Contractors are urged to call 811 before any dignen for quake-related repairs.
SEWER PROBLEMS: When you see or experience a sewage backup, report it to Napa Sanitation District (NSD) at 707-258-6000, ext. 9. It is important to stop using water within the building until NSD has responded to the call.
BRIDGES: All City bridges have been inspected. The new Coombs Street pedestrian bridge has a damaged anchorage and that bridge has been closed as a precaution.
STREETS: Franklin St from First to Clay is closed to allow access for work on the Andaz Hotel and McCaulou’s building. The closure will continue for another week or so. closed streets include Second Street from Coombs to Main Street, Brown Street from Second to Third, and one lane of First Street from Main to School. These closures are due to damaged structures and/or repair work. The closure of Second and Brown intersection means no access to the Second Street parking garage. No other City streets are closed in at this time.
DEBRIS DISPOSAL: The debris drop off site at the Las Flores Center on Linda Vista Avenue is being closed today. Earthquake debris may be dropped off at the vacant lot on Third Street (east of Soscol Ave., north side of Third at intersection of Burnell, east of RR tracks)  or at the future Fire Station 5 site on the southwest corner of First Street and Laurel.
RED CROSS SHELTER AND ASSISTANCE CENTER: The Red Cross Overnight Shelter remains open at the Crosswalk Community Church, 2590 First St., offering residents a place to stay, food and clothing, cleaning supplies, emotional support and other services. A Red Cross Assistance Center has been set up at the Marriott Hotel, 3425 Solano Avenue. It is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Caseworkers will be on hand to offer one-on-one sessions with residents and provide information on how to recover from the damage.  Residents may also call Red Cross hotline at 877-978-2725 for more information.
SHOWERS AVAILABLE: Napa Valley College has made the showers in their locker rooms available. The gym is the 600 Building on campus.  Campus Police are currently not ticketing for parking on campus through September. The gym facilities will be open Monday – Friday: 7:30am -7:30pm and Saturday: 8am – 4pm. Closed Sunday.
SCHOOL CLOSURES:  All Napa Valley Unified School District campuses resumed classes on Wednesday Aug 27. Stonebridge School is resuming classes on Wed Sept 3.  
CITY FACILITIES and PROGRAMS: The Senior Center is red-tagged and will be closed until further notice, but the Senior Nutrition program has resumed outside the center on the bocce courts. The Second Street parking garage cannot be accessed due to street closures and will be out of service for the time being. The City’s other parking garages have been inspected and are open. The Community Services Building has re-opened today. All other City offices and facilites are open
INTERACTIVE MAP POSTED: The City of Napa has created an Interactive Earthquake Information map that shows red and yellow tagged structures, debris drop-off locations and known water leaks. Find the link to the map at or go directly to 
PUBLIC INFORMATION: The City’s Public Information hotline is 707-258-7817. Regular status reports are posted at

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