- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three months after the largest quake to hit Northern California in a quarter century, state and federal authorities have paid out the first $12.1 million in recovery aid for damage centered in and around the wine city of Napa.

The magnitude-6.0 quake struck Aug. 24, fatally injuring one woman, wounding hundreds of other people, and rocking the historic downtowns of Napa and Vallejo.

Damage assessments are ongoing, and there’s no way to know the final aid package for quake repair until all the money has been disbursed, Kelly Huston, spokesman for California’s Office of Emergency Services, told the San Francisco Chronicle for Sunday’s editions (https://bit.ly/1AC5LrD ).

Most of $400 million in property damage occurred in Napa. Napa Valley officials say hotel occupancy rates dipped 8 percent in the month after the quake but quickly returned to normal.

In downtown Napa, workers long ago cleaned up most of the fallen building facades and yellow police barricades.

“You have to look pretty hard to find all those signs of damage now,” Napa Mayor Jill Techel said. “We’re doing pretty well.”

Napa Valley’s wine industry reported $80 million in damage, much of it because of shattered bottles and toppled barrels.

South of Napa, scaffolding on one quake-damaged building, and a giant tarp on another, stand among the few visible signs of damage remaining in the much-less affluent city of Vallejo.

“We’ve made a lot of progress,” said Vallejo Fire Chief Jack McArthur, who is overseeing repair on the city’s $19 million in damage.

And on Vallejo’s Mare Island, the Navy history museum at the old shipyard still is waiting for disaster aid to cover all or part of $230,000 in quake damage, which includes a big hole in the museum’s roof.

The 159-year-old building “has withstood all kinds of quakes since 1855, but this was the one that finally did damage to our main building,” museum manager Joyce Giles said. “We could sure use some help.”


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