The slide swept his large deck and shed into a creek under the four-bedroom mountain home
Now, Caballero is trying to find help to demolish his home and rebuild. Or, if he can raise the money, he would like to continue with the cleanup to sell his property and move on. The slide ruptured the home's foundation and destroyed the septic tank.
"I'm still trying to sell things off," Caballero said as he walked his property amid stands of redwoods and Douglas firs Tuesday afternoon. Cement piers from his deck still lay in the creekbed."I don't have a lot of my things now. My tools got washed away. I have to go really simple until I get things sorted out."
Caballero isn't alone.
"In a lot of cases, there's no assistance for private homeowners," county spokesman
As a result, the county contacted the
In February, the county launched a survey of residents who experienced significant storm damage. That survey is open, Hoppin said. About 250 people responded. Hoppin said the county is aware of most of the major damage, such as a home destroyed in a landslide or flood.
Before the landslide, which happened about mid-day
He said an SBA loan would help to engineer a stabilizing structure at his property to make it suitable to rebuild.
"I'm just kind of waiting," said Caballero, who sells fiber optics online and is a caretaker.
Hoppin said SBA only would provide disaster-relief loans for properties with uninsured damage. Tuesday, SBA inspectors were visiting properties throughout
"This storm was unlike anything we had before," Hoppin said. "I don't think people understand the scope of the damage because it unfolded over time."
The major landslide was preceded by a small slide near the edge of Caballero's property. The life-changing event displaced him and forced him to find resources to get by each day.
"I'm just glad to be alive and am thankful no one got hurt," Caballero said. "That's why I'm not upset. You can always replace things."
A gofundme.com account was launched
"That was really helpful," he said. "When you lose your house, and you lose part of your income as well, it makes it really hard to scrape up money."
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