Construction boom following Carr Fire keeps Northstate contractors busy


    <p>Northstate contractors have been busy these few months as Shasta County homeowners rebuild their homes destroyed by the Carr Fire.{/p}

    Northstate contractors have been busy as Shasta County homeowners rebuild their homes destroyed by the Carr Fire.

    The big boom in construction has made the demand for contractors huge as resident's started to rebuild according to Shasta Builders' Exchange Executive Director Joe Chimenti.

    "We had 1077 homes that were destroyed by the fire. All those lots, I'm told, are now clear and ready for construction," said Chimenti. "Now we're in the construction phases and I knew several general contractors who are booked out for the next two years with 20 to 30 private homes in queue because they are aggressively embracing the rebuild."

    The owner of Top Ridge Construction Josh MacDougall said the rebuilding process is just beginning and will likely last quite a while.

    "Without an outsider, a bunch of help from outside, of our community we are looking at years to rebuild out here with thousands of structures," said MacDougall .

    Chimenti said locally the Shasta Builders' Exchange has only been working in Shasta County compared to Butte County. It's due to the recovery process for the Camp Fire still in the early stages. Although the rebuilding process can be frustrating at times, Chimenti said the homeowners can always seek advice or help.

    "We can help you to get the right contractors, we can help you get through the permitting process you're not alone in this," said Chimenti.

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