Portland, Oregon 2021-02-23 20:46:12 –
Mayor Gates is helping to rebuild his city, but he is one of the hundreds who lost their homes in a wildfire.
Portland, Oregon (KOIN) -Ron Carmicle, Mayor of Gates, Oregon, passed his property on Tuesday and saw the crew remove the last few mountains of debris. When those remaining ashes are gone, Carmicle says he can begin rebuilding his life.
Carmicle’s two homes, two cars, and a store were all destroyed by a wildfire that burned down much of his small town in Santiam Canyon.
Carmicles had few options due to lack of homeowner insurance, but they relied on assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to rebuild their homes. For the past five months, he has endured the “horrible” process of applying for help and being disappointed with the money he was given.
“They gave me $ 35,000 to rebuild my house,” Carmicle said. “The septic tank system costs at least $ 10,000, $ 12,000, and at least $ 15,000 … their evaluation is impossible.”
According to FEMA, the $ 35,000 payment given to Carmicles is very close to the $ 36,000 limit. Money is not intended to cover the cost of rebuilding a home. It is intended to cover basic needs and help people recover after a natural disaster.
Carmicle has also been approved to stay at FEMA’s direct temporary housing site in Mill City. He moved to one of the site’s 14 modular trailers in early February. He is allowed to stay there and his housing costs will be covered for the next 18 months, but Carmicle hopes to be able to return to his property by the summer of 2021. He has already bought a new manufactured house.
When Carmicle was elected Mayor of Gates in November 2020, he lived in a devastated 27-foot camper. The car that was running away when the flames of wildfire approached his house on September 8. A guitar, some clothing, and a laptop.
“I left the computer with all the important documentation and everything else, all the family photos, everything. I’m gone — yes, really a lot of things are delayed. “I am,” said Carmicle.
Now, like his hundreds of members, Carmicle is still mourning the loss of his home and trying to find a way to rebuild it. He says half of the inhabitants of his town have moved and the town has lost half of its income during the fire.
Carmicle is currently trying to get the crew to urgently work on the removal of debris so that people can return to their property.
“If you’ve passed through Gates and Detroit, you’ve probably seen a pile of metal houses, which means that if you just keep looking at them, you’ll see them every day. It’s depressing, “he says. Said.
Carmicle is also determined to install some sort of early warning wildfire system in the city. When the fire was running towards his house in September, Carmicle didn’t know how close it was until he looked out. He hopes it won’t happen to Gates residents in the future.
Carmicle doesn’t think Gates will be the same as it used to be. Will it get better or worse in the future-it hasn’t been decided yet.
For now, the mayor is focusing on lifting his city out of this crisis as soon as possible, undoing fragments of his life.
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