Posts in Debris Removal
Q: What is the latest update on abatement?

A: All properties in the Town of Paradise with qualifying debris must have the debris removed for health and safety reasons. If a property owner has not turned in paperwork for either the state program or the alternative (private contractor) program, the property will go into the abatement process to remove the debris. After the property owner has been given a final opportunity to remove the debris, the debris will be removed by the Town, utilizing the state debris removal teams, at the expense of the property owner. The abatement process is generally more expensive than using either the state program or a private contractor, and we advise anyone who has not selected an option at this point to please contact Butte County at (530) 552-3155 to avoid the abatement process and select an option now.

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Q. Can clean up be organized so that those of us waiting to rebuild can have our lots cleared first? It’s very frustrating to see neighbors that have moved away with a clear lot.

A: The Town of Paradise has provided the current building permit application list to the Disaster Recovery Operations Center (DROC) Planning and Operations Chief. Properties that have submitted building permit applications will be considered a priority when debris removal is being scheduled. The Town continues to update DROC with the list as new permits are submitted. Please note, this is not a guarantee of when your lot will be cleared. We understand things may not be moving fast enough. We hear you and are working with the DROC to speed up completion.

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Q: When will my lot be cleared? Is there a priority for people who are rebuilding?

A: The Town of Paradise has provided the current building permit application list to the Disaster Recovery Operations Center (DROC) Planning and Operations Chief. Properties that have submitted building permit applications will be considered a priority when debris removal is being scheduled. The Town continues to update DROC with the list as new permits are submitted.

Please note, this is not a guarantee of when your lot will be cleared. We understand things may not be moving fast enough. We hear you and are working with the DROC to speed up completion.

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Q. What is the status of debris removal being delayed by the discovery of an endangered frog?

A: Cal OES has released the following statement:

Every debris removal operation is unique and requires regular adjustments by state planning and operations teams. Due to requirements related to the protection of various endangered species and/or ecosystems, the Consolidated Debris Removal team is working alongside agencies including Cal Recycle, water boards, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and others to ensure Camp Fire debris removal operations for properties located within close proximity of a body of water pose no additional threat to these ecosystems.

As we await resolution on this matter, which is expected in the coming days, 141 debris removal crews continue to clear more than 100 properties each day - the team remains focused on the ultimate goal of conducting operations as safely and expeditiously as possible so survivors may return home.

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Q: Is there a schedule for the debris removal?

A: There is not a long term schedule for debris removal through the State program, however you can contact the Debris Removal Operation Center (DROC) at (530) 399-0434 or in person at 900 Fortress St, Suite 200 in Chico for more information about your property. You will receive a phone call 24-48 hours prior to your property being cleaned, and you will be given further information about the process and the option of being there when the debris is removed if you wish.

There is also an interactive map for debris removal where you can see the progress through Town : https://calema.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/6f036edecf114629a4a571c10fecc3e0 

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