Lincoln County Commissioners have launched a recovery program for many residents burned out of their homes due to the Echo Mountain wildfire. Following a devastating conflagration as houses burned to the ground, the wildfire disrupted everything from waterlines to septic and regular sewer service systems. Complete recovery will probably be going on for the next three to four years throughout the region.
Commissioners noted that not only will local workers will be part of the team but insurance companies and a number of reconstruction contractors and new home builders will be spread over the entire burn area – and it’s a big one. The county has a large list of services that are emerging – some private sector, some local public services and non-profit groups that are eager to help families rebuild. Financial help is expected from federal, state and even local governments. It’s going to be a complicated experience to navigate but there is a huge array of assistance that touches all aspects of the “rebuilding process.” The county’s website is chock full of options and information for those who need assistance with any and all challenges that face families who want to rebuild. Here’s a good place to start. Just CLICK HERE.
The county commissioners are happy to report that Lincoln County government’s efforts to ramp up Covid-19 testing has been paying off. Infection rates are moderating and in some ways declining. Keep your fingers crossed, wear your face masks and wash your hands early and often. Lincoln County residents have been doing just that and because of their disciplined behavior Governor Kate Brown has given Lincoln County the green light to raise the county to Phase II of the pandemic. It means Lincoln County’s economy is going to ramp up noticeably – stores, gyms, restaurants, shopping outlets and others will once again be open for business. But facemasks and proper distancing will be strictly enforced. If we all don’t cooperate, Lincoln County’s Phase II recovery rating may go back down again. All for one and one for all. We’ve got to live by it.
County Commissioners and a myriad of other city, county and state officials will be watching everything very carefully because although an anti-Covid-19 vaccine may be available around Christmas or just beyond, there will only be enough vaccine for medical staff so they can continue to save lives. Vaccine for the rest of us may not be available until late Spring or early Summer. So be vigilant in the way you travel, shop and work. Wear your mask, wash your hands often and maintain AT LEAST a six foot distance between you and your fellow humans. All three precautions can and do save lives.