South Napa Earthquake - Five days later recovery is underway

The strongest Bay Area earthquake in 25 years struck on the West Napa Fault at 3:20am Sunday, August 24. The 6.0 temblor caused at least 209 injuries, structure fires in three locations, and widespread structural damage in City of Napa - initially estimated at $300 million to privately-owned homes and commercial buildings. More than 100 water line breaks occurred, streets were damaged, and gas and electric service was disrupted. The City Manager declared a local emergency at 7:59am Sunday. The City is now in the recovery phase and remains focused on public safety, restoring services, and assessing and repairing damage. 

As of 4pm Fri Aug 29, 2014: It’s day 5 of recovery.

WATER SUPPLY: BY 5pm today, water service will be restored to all customers as crews complete repairs on more than 120 breaks in the water system. After broken water lines are repaired and City water has been restored and tested, the City is posting notices on doors to confirm that service is restored. If your water appears cloudy let the tap run until the sediment clears.Call 707-257-9544 with water questions. The Water Division is staffing phones 24 hours a day while repairs are made. 


GAS AND ELECTRIC: While it is posible for new outages to occur, PG&E reports that electric and gas service has been restored to all Napa customers. Two Picarro leak survey cars are in use by PG&E and will continue to survey for leaks from 8pm to 1am through Friday. Any resident or business owner with concerns may call 1-800-743-5002 for a courtesy check from PG&E. Contractors are urged to call 811 before any digging for quake-related repairs. 


SEWER PROBLEMS: When you see or experience a sewage backup, report it to Napa Sanitation District (NSD) at 707-258-6000, ext. 9. NSD crews will contact you via phone ASAP and try and respond within 30 minutes, locate the blockage and determine if it is the public sewer. If it is, the crew will remove the blockage and end the sewage overflow. During emergencies, the response time may be greater and calls will be prioritized. It is important to stop using water within the building until NSD has responded to the call.


STRUCTURES DAMAGED: Today 50+ inspectors remain at work on the second round of evaluations of damaged structures and the number of tagged structures has increased.  As of 1pm, there are 1,053 structures in the City that have been tagged – 153 are on the red-tag list and around 900 are on the yellow tag list. It is possible these numbers will rise as more structures receive their second inspection and interiors are seen. 


A red tag means the structure is uninhabitable due to damage from the quake; a yellow tag indicates caution should be used. See for more information on red and yellow tags and how to respond to them. Please DO NOT remove any tag – red, yellow or green – from your home or commercial property. These exterior tags help inspectors know at a glance that your building has had initial review. If your structure has no tag, it is up to the individual to decide if the structure is safe to inhabit. If you believe you have significant structural damage a City inspector should come by your property to inspect for safety concerns call 707-258-7829 and follow the instructions. More than 1,000 inspection requests have been made since Sunday. Please be patient as City staff works to clear the backlog. 


BRIDGES: All City bridges have been inspected. The new Coombs Street pedestrian bridge has a damaged anchorage and that bridge has been closed as a precaution. The Tallgrass Bridge has been closed due to damage and is expected to reopen today. 

STREETS:  Outside of downtown: Cracks in streets have been repaired on Twin Oaks Drive, WhiteCliff Circle, Meadowbrook Drive, and Sandybrook Lane.


Downtown: Franklin St from First to Clay is closed to allow access for work on the Andaz Hotel and McCaulou’s building. The closure will continue for for approximately 2 weeks. The closure of streets in downtown Napa will continue until barricades and/or fencing is in place to protect the public from potential danger from damaged structures. However, some streets have reopened. Currently closed streets include Second Street from Coombs to Main Street, Brown Street from Second to Third, and one lane of First Street from Main to School. These closures are due to damaged structures and/or repair work. The closure of Second and Brown intersection means no access to the Second Street parking garage. No other City streets are closed in at this time. The switch to two-way streets on First and Second downtown is postponed until further notice. 


DEBRIS DISPOSAL: Debris drop off is available at these locations:
PRIMARY LOCATION: Vacant lot on Third Street (east of Soscol Ave., north side of Third at intersection of Burnell, east of RR tracks) Please use the primary location if possible. SECONDARY LOCATIONS:
--Fire Station 5 site - southwest corner of First Street and Laurel
--Las Flores Community Center - 4300 Linda Vista Ave
Drop boxes for earthquake debris will remain available through Monday September 1. 


SHELTERS: The Red Cross evacuation center remains in operation at the Crosswalk Community Church on First Street west of Highway 29. The Salvation Army has served more than 7,000 meals since Sunday at the shelter and from the five canteen trucks in use. The shelter will remain open and food service will continue through the weekend.  


SHOWERS AVAILABLE: Napa Valley College has made the showers in their locker rooms available to households that currently don’t have showers, and those that have been displaced from their homes and are staying in shelters.  The gym is the 600 Building on campus.  Campus Police are currently not ticketing for parking on campus through September. The gym facilities will be open Monday – Friday: 7:30am -7:30pm and Saturday: 8am – 4pm. Closed Sunday.


PLANNING REVIEW AND PERMIT FEES WAIVED: On Aug 26 the City Council passed a resolution to authorize the City Manager to waive inspection and permit fees for persons who have suffered earthquake damage. This lessens the burden on those who have a loss. The City will soon set up a one-stop Local Assistance Center for permits and other needs to make the process as easy as possible. 

INJURIES: A total of 209 patients were treated at Queen of the Valley Hospital with 18 admitted for some period of time. Most injuries are orthopedic. There have been no fatalities related to the earthquake. 


SCHOOL CLOSURES:  Napa Christian School at 2201 Pine Street has sustained minor earthquake damage. The gymnasium has been yellow-tagged and several other buildings have minimal damage. Repairs are currently being made and classes will resume on Tuesday September 2, 2014 for regular school hours from 8:15 am – 3:30 pm. Questions can be directed to their main line at (707) 255-5233.


First Christian School was inspected and received a green-tag. The first day of school will continue as planned on Wednesday September 3, 2014.


All Napa Valley Unified School District campuses resumed classes on Wednesday Aug 27, with the exception of Stonebridge School.  


Napa Valley College and other schools are open for classes and activities. 


CITY FACILITIES and PROGRAMS: The Senior Center is closed and red-tagged and will be closed until further notice, but the Senior Nutrition program has resumed outside the center on the bocce courts. The Second Street parking garage cannot be accessed due to street closures and will be out of service for the time being. The City’s other parking garages have been inspected and are open. The Community Services Building is closed and counter services will not be available until Tues Sept 2 as all staff are at work in the field. The Napa City Nights free music program at Veterans Park WILL take place tonight beginning at 6:30pm. 


INTERACTIVE MAP POSTED: The City of Napa has created an Interactive Earthquake Information map that shows red and yellow tagged structures, debris drop-off locations and known water leaks. Find the link to the map at or go directly to 


PUBLIC INFORMATION: The City’s Public Information hotline is 707-258-7817. Regular status reports are posted at 

City of Napa
955 School Street :: PO Box 660 :: Napa :: CA :: 94559-0660 :: 707-257-9500