Northern California Earthquake: Fresno Wine Maker Worries About Son In Napa
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) —
Clean-up in the Bay Area has started after Sunday's earthquake near Napa. Over 200 injuries were reported, but were no fatalities. Power has been restored to nearly all the 75,000 customers who lost electricity. There were 90 main breaks, and 'Pacific Gas and Electric' is still searching for possible gas leaks.
A lot of people from the Central Valley have moved to Napa to work in the wine industry. Their families Fresno say they were worried when they heard about the earthquake.
Rich Hammond says when he found out about the earthquake near Napa, he started calling his son, Nick. However, it took four hours to get a hold of him because the phone lines were jammed.
Hammond's son is fine but he sent his family pictures of damage that the earthquake caused at his two jobs.
"You get this holy cow! What happened up there?" says Rich Hammond whose son lives in Napa.
Hammond owns 'Moravia Wines' in Fresno County and his son moved to Napa eight years ago to work in the wine business. Hammond says bottles flew off shelves and were shattered on the floor at Nick's apartment.
"He said, 'Oh everything is cool, everything is fine," adds Rich Hammond.
When Nick Hammond got to work at "Crocker and Starr Wines" to see how much damage the earthquake caused, 10 barrels of 2013 vintage were destroyed. Another winery that shares space with "Crocker and Starr Wines" lost 10,000 gallons of wine ready for bottling when a tank tilted. Hammond says those are big loses for small wineries.
"This literally could be the streets running red with wine," says Rich Hammond.
The worst damage is at the wine bar where Nick Hammond also works. It's on the first floor of a building that will most like have to be demolished.
Nick Hammond says the biggest worry around Napa is that tourist won't visit after seeing the earthquake damage. However, he says that most of the businesses and wineries are back open.