Napa Residents Want More FEMA Assistance

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

NAPA-

It's been about three weeks since a 6.0 earthquake hit Napa Valley.

On Thursday, President Obama signed a disaster declaration for the quake zone. It authorizes FEMA funding and other assistance. FEMA will reimburse the city for repairs on roads, water lines and other expenses.

"At this point, it's only for what's called public assistance and public assistance means the public agencies that have damage," city spokesperson Barry Martin said.

Martin says FEMA won't be giving loans and grants to homeowners and businesses just yet.

"We'll continue to put together damage estimates and show the need," said Martin.

Martin says help for private property is greatly needed

"We've seen for the city an estimate of $300 million in structural damage to private property," said Martin.

Belita Richardson says she's one of those people who needs help.

She says damage to her home is in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Because her house wasn't leveled, her earthquake insurance will only cover $1,500 of the damage.

"I don't want insurance anymore. My fish tank is worth almost that," said Richardson.

Like many others, She came to the Local Assistance Center Friday to see if she could get more support.

She says the city is taking down everyone's information to make another case to FEMA

"It should because I feel like I'm being a victim twice! I paying every month for insurance and can't use it," said Richardson.

And she has a strong message for FEMA

"Bring their butts here. Or their behinds. Or their booties here. We need you," said Richardson.