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Napa officials say $300 million loss to homes and private buildings (w/video)

  • Don Ewald packs up his pickup truck as he helps Wildcat Vintage Clothing store owner Thea Witsil relocate after her building was red tagged after Sunday's earthquake. Photo taken on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in Napa, California. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Estimated damage from Sunday’s earthquake in Napa County has reached at least $300 million, and county supervisors are preparing to petition the federal government for help, local officials said Wednesday.

The economic toll of the magnitude-6.0 quake is expected to climb significantly when officials factor in government buildings, public infrastructure, personal belongings, destroyed business inventory and lost business.

The $300 million estimate is limited to structural damage to homes and commercial properties, and only those in the city of Napa, the city’s public information officer, Barry Martin, said.

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“We’re just getting started. This number is only going to go up,” Martin said.

No damage estimates had been issued yet for unincorporated Napa County, though officials were working on one, spokeswoman Molly Rattigan said.

The Board of Supervisors nonetheless had scheduled a special 1 p.m. session to begin the process of seeking a federal declaration of emergency entitling some quake victims to seek recovery assistance.

Board Chairman Mark Luce warned that federal aid would not be enough to provide for the county’s recovery, however.

“This will help some in need, but will only be part of what is needed,” Luce said in a written statement. “We are looking for both government and nongovernment support to aid in our recovery.”

Sunday’s early-morning quake, centered 4 miles northwest of American Canyon, struck all of Napa County hard, but particularly its largest city, injuring more than 200 people and damaging more than 650 buildings around the county, most of them in the city of Napa.

Virtually everyone suffered some loss, even if it was only dishes falling off of a shelf, Martin said.

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