The delays fire survivors face in the increasingly crowded maze that must be traversed before they can rebuild — including home design, permitting and construction scheduling — has left a growing number of them frustrated.
Teri and Mike O’Donnell lost their longtime Coffey Park home in the October wildfires. Life today involves letting go of what’s been lost, preserving what you can and looking each day for signs of hope.
Two factory-built sections of home were set in place by a crane last week. Such rebuilds require less local labor and materials — both of which could be in short supply as Sonoma County begins to rebuild.
For some neighbors, the organizing effort informally known as Rebuild Coffey Park has become crucial because the costs of replacing their houses may far exceed the fire insurance proceeds they expect to receive.
Coffey Park residents are facing their first major test: how to clean up the largest concentration of burned properties in Sonoma County. The outcome could significantly influence the rebuilding of their neighborhood.