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Chaparral evacuees voice their concerns

By Stephanie Montano, smontano@krcrtv.com
Published On: Feb 17 2014 09:04:28 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

Evacuees gathered at a news conference Monday, many expressing their feelings and others asking questions and hoping to return home.

“The neighbor is a kook that's all I'm gonna say," said David Nagle.

“I’m just happy that were hopefully gonna be getting back home soon," said Jamie Gambill.

Many evacuees expressed that they just wanted to return home. Gambill said going home is crucial since its affecting his business.

"I’ve kinda ran out of supplies for my business so all that's there,” said Gambill.

Gambill said he’s only lived in the area for nine months and never expected anything like this to happen.

"I’ve been trying to meet the neighbors as it goes and he was just not somebody who was ever outside," said Gambill.

And even though the house is now gone, many still have questions and concerns about what exactly was in the house .

"When he said IED [improvised explosive device], there’s no reason for someone to make an IED. I’m sorry I just think there’s no reason for that," said Gambill.

Gambill along with others said they hope they can reach normalcy again soon and hope they never have to face this again.

Gambill said he’s thankful that the sheriff, as well as state and federal agencies, did everything they could to keep his family safe.

"Even if they overreact to something I sure as hell would have them overreact than under react and have something happen to my children," said Gambill.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office said PG&E started restoring power to the area last night to prepare for re-population.

That was restored just after 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.