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Resource event gets Valley Fire victims back on their feet

Posted at 3:12 PM, Sep 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-12 23:42:00-04

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) - As the Valley Fire nears containment and evacuees can return home, many are faced with handling the damage and rebuilding, so San Diego County is stepping in to provide resources.

Representatives from state and local agencies, county works, insurance, the DMV, and more are all present at the resource event, ready to help with the next steps.

“Usually it’s, 'where do I start?' So we put them on a path to recovery,” said Donna Durckel, Group Communications Officer for the Land Use and Environmental Group for the County of San Diego. “They’re here to help people with anything from finding food assistance, financial assistance, maybe they need help clearing a burned car off their property."

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That’s exactly what Eileen Menzies needs. She lost her mobile home and multiple animals in the Valley Fire.

“It’s just overwhelming. I walked the property yesterday completely and there’s nothing that’s going to be salvaged,” said Menzies.

Menzies said she has a long list of tasks that need to be done, like figuring out if she can bring in a new mobile home, getting water while her well is down, and getting new paperwork, like her husband’s death certificate. Many of those steps were started at the resource event.

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“So far it’s very good, there’s hope that I can bring another mobile home onto the property so we’ll wait and see,” said Menzies.

The resource event started on Saturday and will continue on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Rancho San Diego Library in El Cajon at 11555 Via Rancho San Diego.

There's also a hotline that victims can call if they have questions at 858-715-2200.