What to do with what Mother Nature has undone? Get rid of it. But it’s not that easy when a jolt to the tune of at least 6.0 on the Richter scale has hundreds of people throwing out huge chunks of their lives – all at the same time.
“Woke up in the middle of the night, my wife was screaming and freaking out,” John Vanderjagt of Napa said.
That’s what Sunday morning was like for Vanderjagt as the quake hit.
His chimney’s not as bad off as his neighbor’s, which is basically in the yard, but he yellow-tagged himself to keep people from touching the stack of bricks now barely attached to the side of his house.
“It moved that way and then you can see where it split and is leaning this way,” he said, staring at his chimney’s broken seal.
Post-quake, some of his mementos are now scotch-tapped back together.
Others that weren’t savable are at the curb, or have been carted off to one of the city’s special drop-off spots.
“We had all the regular stuff break; glass picture frames, lamps, all that stuff,” he said.
“We’ve put drop boxes in all of the neighborhoods. We’re using elementary schools and city parks and providing free access,” Napa city manager, Mike Parness, said.
And as fast as the city is putting those dumpsters out, people are filling them up and then some.
The Darlingtons, like many others, are happy to unload what the quake of 2014 toppled.
Evan Darlington says shedding the debris creates a little bit of normalcy.
“Yeah, getting the house getting back up and running, feeling more relaxed about it,” he said.
The city hopes to recycle as much of the residential earthquake debris as it can.