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article imageSonoma requests millions for damage caused by Napa quake

By Nathan Salant     Aug 31, 2014 in Environment
Santa Rosa - A third county in Northern California's wine country has declared a state of emergency following last week's 6.0 earthquake that caused tens of millions of dollars in damage to the city of Napa.
Saturday's emergency declaration will help speed the way for Sonoma County residents and businesses who suffered property damage in the Aug. 24 quake to access federal and state crisis compensation funds.
“We felt this was something we had to do to ensure that people who might need emergency funding would have access to those resources,” Sonoma Board of Supervisors Chairman David Rabbitt told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat newspaper.
“Obviously, Napa suffered more serious damages than Sonoma did, but there are some losses and they’re not insignificant,” Rabbitt said.
Sonoma supervisors plan to hold a special session this coming week to ratify County Administrator Veronica Ferguson's disaster declaration.
The earthquake, which struck at 3:20 a.m. on April 24, damaged hundreds of buildings, many seriously, in the cities of Napa and Vallejo.
More than 600 buildings were damaged in Napa, with more than 100 declared uninhabitable.
Napa and Solano counties already have issued disaster declarations, where preliminary damage estimates stand at nearly $400 million but are expected to go much higher.
The quake occurred on an unmapped portion of the West Napa fault, federal environmental officials said.
Wineries reported most of the damage in Sonoma, with 11 reports from residents and businesses coming from Sonoma Valley and Agua Caliente areas, the newspaper said.
One Sonoma residence was tentatively declared unsafe with most damage reported to the contents of winery buildings, according to Tennis Wick, director of the county's permit and resource management departments.
Sonoma officials have requested that anyone who suffered more than $1,000 in damage from the earthquake to call (707) 565-3856 to file a report and arrange an inspection, the newspaper said.
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