Angora Fire Area Rebuilding Continues
CPR file photo/Ben Adler
Two years ago today, the Angora Fire burned more than 250 homes to the ground in and around South Lake Tahoe. And while the recession has slowed the rebuilding, homes are sprouting up again.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Carrie Reiter is with the Community Disaster Resource Center, an organization helping with the challenges of rebuilding. She says despite the bad economy, home owners have made more progress this year than last.
Reiter: “People’s insurance companies are starting to pay out their limits and they have a better understanding of what they want and what they can afford. It’s been a lot more productive, the second year has. The first year, it was people in a daze wondering how they were gonna get through this.”
Out of the 254 houses that burned down, an El Dorado County spokesman says 185 home owners are in some stage of the rebuilding process. About 100 of them have moved back in.
Meanwhile, Reiter’s Community Disaster Resource Center will close up shop at the end of July. It’s wrapping up its charge of distributing nearly a million dollars in aid to homeowners.