The ‘Nightmare is Real’ and the Needs Are Great After Paradise is Lost

It’s been three weeks since the Camp fire burned down Paradise. A local pastor would like to help put the California community back together – if he can keep himself from falling apart first.

The adrenaline rush of fleeing the voracious flames has subsided; the relief of knowing his entire family survived is settling in; and the anger at the senselessness of it all has been tucked away in a little box in his brain to be unpacked when the work is done. What Pastor Tim Bolin is feeling now is gray – and overwhelmed.

“The nightmare is real – we’re not waking up from this,” the pastor of Paradise Alliance Church tells OneNewsNow. “Our town is gone. Maybe five percent, maybe eight percent is left. What do we do?”

The government showed up earlier this week. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California), and Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-California) toured the devastation and promised help. LaMalfa represents the district where Paradise is located.

“It’s time to take decisive action to help save wildlife, property, and human lives,” said LaMalfa. “I will work with Congress, the president, and Secretaries Zinke and Perdue to make that a reality.”

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SOURCE: One News Now, Steve Jordahl