Napa officials said Wednesday morning that the initial estimate of damage from Sunday's 6.0-magnitude earthquake to privately owned homes and commercial properties in the city is $300 million.

The figure does not include damage to public buildings, infrastructure, loss of business inventories or general economic losses and city officials said they do not know how much of the damage will be eligible for reimbursement from government or other sources.

The Napa Valley Vintners trade association announced Wednesday that it will donate $10 million to start an earthquake relief fund to begin the recovery process. The association has not released an estimate of damage sustained by its 50 member wineries.

Congressman Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, also said representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and California's Office of Emergency Services were in the city assessing damage, after which Gov. Jerry Brown would request federal aid.

"There is a process required," Thompson said. "We're working to get that process done as soon as we can."

The vintners association is partnering with the Napa Valley Community Foundation to administer the relief fund. To contribute to the fund, go to http://napavintners.com/earthquake/donate.asp. Checks can also be mailed to Napa Valley Community Foundation, 3299 Claremont Way, Suite 2, Napa, CA 94558. Checks should be made out to the Napa Valley Community Foundation and should have "Earthquake Relief Fund" in the memo line.


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PG&E has restored gas and electric service to all Napa customers, but the city has experienced an overflow problem from residents depositing debris at schools in the city.

The drop boxes at schools have been removed and the city has established primary debris drop-off sites at Fire Station 5's future location at the southwest corner of First and Laurel streets, the Las Flores Community Center at 4300 Linda Vista Ave., and the vacant lot on the north side of Third Street at the intersection of Burnell Street east of the railroad tracks.

Secondary drop-off sites are at Klamath, Century Oaks and Fairview parks and at Parking Lot G on the southwest corner of Pearl and Main streets.

Meanwhile, in Oakland the 66th Street M.O.B. Charities, Oakland Raiders fans who formed the group to benefit local nonprofits, build community spirit and feed the homeless, are collecting supplies from 7 p.m. Wednesday through the start of the football game at 7 p.m. Thursday on M.O.B. Alley, a stretch of 66th Avenue at Coliseum Way.

They plan to collect and then donate water, canned and boxed goods, sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, batteries, flashlights and hygiene supplies to the Napa shelters and resource centers for families in American Canyon and Napa who were impacted by last Sunday's 6.0 earthquake. For more information on how to help, call 510-589-2796.

While people try to help victims of the quake, crews have red-tagged 113 building and about yellow-tagged roughly 500 structures in the city. Additionally, the new Coombs Street pedestrian bridge has a damaged anchorage and has been closed as a precaution.

The damaged Tallgrass Bridge also is closed and foot and vehicle traffic to the Hidden Hills neighborhood should use the Sandybrook Bridge at Meadowbrook Drive.

The number of people staying at the American Red Cross evacuation center at the Crosswalk Community Church has grown since the earthquake from eight on Sunday night to 18 on Monday and 23 on Tuesday nights. The Salvation Army served 1,800 meals to residents on Tuesday.

The Napa Senior Center remains closed but the nutrition program is resuming today outside on the bocce courts.

The Second Street parking garage is still inaccessible, but other parking garages have been inspected and are open.

The Community Services Building is closed and counter service will not be available today. All other city offices and facilities are open.

The city's public information hotline is 258-7817 and regular status reports about earthquake impacts are being posted at www.cityofnapa.org.



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