US utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company has issued its first cheque to reward victims of wildfires which were caused by the utility’s assets in North Carolina in 2017.
The utility has issued $105 million as part of its Wildfire Assistance Programme to compensate the people displaced by the wildfires.
Up to $5,000 is being compensated to affected residents.
The compensation is helping either the uninsured or those in need of assistance with alternative living expenses or other urgent needs.
Cathy Yanni, the programme administrator, said: “Payments to eligible individuals and households started last Friday. We worked quickly to establish and file the eligibility criteria with the court so we could begin reviewing applications as soon as possible. We urge people displaced by the fires with unmet needs to apply, particularly those currently without adequate shelter.”
“We are committed to helping the victims and communities impacted by these wildfires recover and rebuild. Supporting them in their time of need is the right thing to do. We appreciate the work of the programme administrator to ensure the funds get into the hands of those who need it most as quickly as possible,” said Bill Johnson, CEO at PG&E Corporation.
The deadline to file a claim is November 15, 2019. More information, including the claim form, click here.
Final payments are expected to be made by the end of the first quarter of 2020. To date, approximately 4,500 claims have been filed.