The night from Sunday to Monday October 9 2017 as well as the weeks immediately after that won’t easily be forgotten. When I was living in the Netherlands, flooding was something a large part of the country had to deal with. After a major flooding in 1953, new laws came into place to protect the country. Living in California, the main natural disaster we anticipated was an earth quake. That was a scary Having to evacuate within 10 minutes because of imminent danger due to a firestorm most likely cause by a combination of faulty PG&E lines and a storm, was not something we ever imagined would happen.
and memorable night. Our neighborhood was
blocked of by the national guard for more than a week, it was not safe to go back.
The local newspaper has a section dedicated to this disaster. An other great article can be found here. Very soon after the disaster the city of Santa Rosa and the county of Sonoma came up with this website: sonomacountyrecovers.org
The fires destroyed at least 5500 structures and caused a major shift in our local Real Estate market. Our local markets sales and inventory dropped while prices rose by double-digit percentage points.
For many of us this was a rude awakening as to insurance coverage. Many learned that depending on the advise of their insurance agent as to cost to rebuilt might not be that smart. My suggestion to all is: check your insurance policy and ask a local builder what it would cost to rebuilt your home. This will give you more realistic number and this number should be used to make sure you have the proper insurance coverage in case of a major disaster.