Official encourages loss reports |

Official encourages loss reports

Susan Wood

Federal emergency personnel were touring the 3,100-acre Angora fire site Thursday to assess the damage, El Dorado County officials confirmed.

County Office of Emergency Services Coordinator Marty Hackett said the visit is important for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assess the damage and relief effort – which has become massive.

To assist the relief, Hackett is encouraging those impacted by the fire to report losses at the county’s Web site at

“The more factual information we have, the more likely we are to get assistance,” he said. The data will be filed in a report and sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Bush.

The county, American Red Cross and California Office of Emergency Services set up tables at Lake Tahoe Community College to assist those affected by the devastation.

Sisters Patti Gatto and Beverly Medore lost their homes on Mule Deer Circle and showed up to see what’s available. Gatto splits her time between Tahoe and San Jose. But Medore, who lives here full time, was in Montreal at the time and was unable to get out any of her belongings.

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“I had all my certificates in there,” Medore said in tears. Her saving grace Thursday was a check from Allstate for $10,000, half earmarked for room and board and the other half paying for personal expenses.

The American Red Cross, which will establish a service center this morning at the college, has set up a “CAC” card for client assistance. When given permission, Red Cross personnel plan to escort homeowners back to their residences.