City of Napa CURRENT STATUS 4pm Fri Sept 5, 2014
It’s day 12 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 4pm:
LOCAL ASSISTANCE CENTER: The City and County of Napa will open a Local Assistance Center (NapaLAC) at 301 First Street in Napa (corner of First Street and Silverado Trail) on Monday, September 8 at 1:00 p.m. The NapaLAC is a one-stop location where residents and business owners can access earthquake assistance information and connect with available resources. The City and County have jointly launched a comprehensive earthquake recovery website at www.napaquakeinfo.com
Services to be provided at the NapaLAC include city and county building permits and financial assistance, food assistance, family resources, mental health and other community resource programs.
Beginning Tuesday, September 9, the NapaLAC City and County Permit Center will be in operation from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and all other services will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m, Monday through Friday. All services will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Services will be provided in English and Spanish. Residents or business owners with questions are invited to visit the NapaLAC in person, view information at www.napaquakeinfo.com or call (707) 258-7829.
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.
WATER SUPPLY: TANK DAMAGE The City’s “B Tank” on Montana Drive in Browns Valley suffered extensive damage in the South Napa Quake. With this tank off line, water pressure will fluctuate for about 1,800 customers in the Browns Valley and Congress Valley areas. The affected area is generally west of Westview Drive, south of Redwood Road (including Lynn Drive) and north of Old Sonoma Road.
During periods of high water use, lower pressures may be most noticeable for those with homes at higher elevations. This is because water pressure is normally created by gravity flow from the hillside tank, but currently is being created by pumped systems that are not designed for this sole purpose.
Water Division managers are adjusting pressure in the system to provide a temporary solution to this problem, but the City is looking for residents in this affected area to help with the solution by taking these steps:
• Adjust irrigation systems. If irrigation is not necessary, please turn it off. If irrigation is required, modify your watering times this way: if your street address is an odd number, irrigate between 10pm and 1am. If you street address is an even number, irrigate between 1am and 4am.
• When possible, reduce water use during high demand hours 5am to 9am and 6pm to 9pm. For example, run laundry and dishwashers outside of peak demand times, and take shorter showers.
WATER SUPPLY: MAIN BREAKS Some 127 water line breaks were repaired in the first week after the quake. Some additional breaks have occurred since that time, and more are possible. The Water Division will repair leaks as they occur. Water line break should be reported by calling 707-257-9521. For after-hours water emergencies, please call Dispatch at 707-257-9223.
WATER SUPPLY: SAFETY 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
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.
GAS AND ELECTRIC: 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.
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.
STRUCTURES DAMAGED: As of 9:00 a.m. today (Sept 5) there are 1,161 properties with a red or yellow tag. 125 structures are on the red-tag list and 1,036 are on the yellow tag list. It is possible these numbers will change as more structures receive additional inspection.
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. Please be patient as City staff works to clear the backlog.
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. All other bridges are safe and remain in use.
STREETS: CLOSURES Downtown: 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 about one more week. Other closures are 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. Oak Street along the north side of Fuller Park is closed due to a red tagged home. No other City streets are closed in at this time.
DEBRIS DISPOSAL: Debris drop off is available at the vacant lot on Third Street (east of Soscol Ave., north side of Third at intersection of Burnell, east of RR tracks) and at the future site of Fire Station 5, on the southwest corner of First Street and Laurel
Debris sites will remain open into the week of Sept 8 and are staffed with NRWS personnel and security.
SHELTERS: The Red Cross evacuation center remains in operation at the Crosswalk Community Church on First Street west of Highway 29. The Salvation Army continues to provide food and the shelter site and from their canteen trucks. The shelter will remain open and food service will continue through the weekend.
CITY FACILITIES and PROGRAMS: The Senior Center has partially reopened and the Senior Nutrition program is back in service. 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. All other City offices and facilites are open
PUBLIC INFORMATION: The City’s Public Information hotline is 707-258-7817.