Wednesday August 27, 2014 10:20am
City of Napa CURRENT STATUS 10am Wed Aug 27, 2014
Following the 6.1 earthquake that hit the North Bay at 3:20am Sunday, August 24, the City of Napa declared a local emergency. The City is now in the recovery phase and remains focused on providing for public safety, restoring services, and assessing and repairing damage.
Status as of 10am:
INITIAL DAMAGE ESTIMATE: The City’s initial gross estimate of damage to privately-owned structures, both homes and commercial properties in the City of Napa is $300 million. This figure does not include damage to public buildings or infrastructure, loss of business inventories, or general economic losses. It is not known what portion of this damage will be eligible for reimbursement from government or other sources.
PRESS CONFERENCES: The City has no press conferences planned today, but Napa Valley Vintners will hold a press conference at Veterans Park, Third and Main, at 2pm today.
NEW 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 links. Find the link to the map at cityofnapa.org
PLANNING REVIEW AND PERMIT FEES WAIVED: On Aug 26 the City Council passed a resolution to authorize the City Manager to waive inspection and permit fees for persons who have suffered earthquake damage. This lessens the burden on those who have a loss. The City will also set up a one-stop permit center to make processing as easy as possible.
INJURIES: A total of 209 patients have been treated at Queen of the Valley Hospital with 18 admitted for some period of time. Most injuries are orthopedic. There have been no fatalities related to the earthquake.
WATER SUPPLY: The total of known water line breaks that need repair is now 83. 49 breaks have been repaired. Between 500-1,000 customers will be without water service today – the number will vary as crews turn off service in repair areas. More than 30 repair sites will be active today. Repairs will continue round-the-clock and all will be completed as soon as possible. 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
Once all the broken water lines are repaired and City water has been restored and tested, the City will rescind this advisory notice and post a note on your door that your water service is restored. This message provided by the City of Napa (System No. 2810003) in collaboration with the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water.
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: PG&E reports that electric and gas service has been restored to all Napa customers. Two Picarro leak survey cars are in use by PG&E and will continue to survey for leaks from 8pm to 1am through Friday. Any resident or business owner with concerns may call 1-800-743-5002 for a courtesy check from PG&E. Contractors are urged to call 811 before any digging for quake-related repairs. PG&E is continuing to assist the City and NRWS by providing dump trucks for debris removal.
SEWER PROBLEMS: When you see or experience a sewage backup, report it to Napa Sanitation District (NSD) at 707-258-6000, ext. 9. NSD crews will contact you via phone ASAP and try and respond within 30 minutes, locate the blockage and determine if it is the public sewer. If it is, the crew will remove the blockage and end the sewage overflow. During emergencies, the response time may be greater and calls will be prioritized. It is important to stop using water within the building until NSD has responded to the call.
DEBRIS DISPOSAL: Drop boxes for earthquake debris have removed from all school sites in the City. Please do not take debris to school sites from this point forward.
Primary Sites for debris drop-off:
--Fire Station 5 Future Location - southwest corner of First Street and Laurel
--Las Flores Community Center - 4300 Linda Vista Ave
--Vacant lot on Third Street (east of Soscol Ave., north side of Third at intersection of Burnell, east of RR tracks)
--Klamath Park - 3999 Klamath Way (cross street Trower Ave.)
--Century Oaks Park - 1013 Century Oaks Park
--Fairview Park - 1000 Terrace Drive
--Parking Lot G north (southwest corner Pearl and Main)
STREETS: The southbound Hwy 29 off ramp at Trancas-Redwood Road is closed until 6pm for emergency repairs of a water line in the Solano-Redwood interection. The closure of streets in downtown Napa will continue until barricades and/or fencing is in place to protect the public from potential danger from damaged structures. However, some streets have reopened. Currently 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. Cracks in streets are under repair on Twin Oaks Drive, WhiteCliff Circle, Meadowbrook Drive, and Sandybrook Lane.The switch to two-way streets on First and Second downtown is postponed until further notice.
STRUCTURES DAMAGED: As of now, inspectors have completed the first round of building inspections and there are approximately 613 structures in the City have been tagged – 113 are on the red-tag list and about 500 are on the yellow tag list. A red tag means the structure is uninhabitable due to damage from the quake; a yellow tag indicates caution should be used. See cityofnapa.org 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 significant structural damage a City inspector should come by your property to inspect for safety concerns call 707-258-7829 and follow the instructions. So far about 800 persons have called for an inspection. Please be patient as City staff works to clear the backlog. There are 60 building inspectors now at work evaluating structures.
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. The Tallgrass Bridge has been closed due to damage. A temporary alternative means of foot and vehicle traffic to the Hidden Hills neighborhood is the Sandybrook Bridge at Meadowbrook. All other bridges are safe and remain in use.
SHELTERS: The Red Cross evacuation center remains in operation at the Crosswalk Community Church on First Street west of Highway 29. Eight (8) people spent Sunday night in the shelter, 18 used the shelter Monday night, and 23 used the shelter on Tuesday night. The Salvation Army served 1,800 meals on Tuesday at the shelter and from the five canteen trucks in use.
SCHOOL CLOSURES: All Napa Valley Unified School District campuses resumed classes on Wednesday Aug 27, with the exception of Stonebridge School. Napa Valley College and other schools are open for classes and activities.
CITY FACILITIES and PROGRAMS: The Senior Center is closed and red-tagged and will be closed until further notice, but the Senior Nutrition program is resuming today 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 is closed and counter services will not be available on Wed Aug 27 as all staff are at work in the field. All other City offices and facilites are open. The Five Way Intersection public meeting set for Wed Aug 27 has been postponed.
PUBLIC INFORMATION: The City’s Public Information hotline is 707-258-7817. Regular status reports are posted at cityofnapa.org.