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Many San Diegans still struggling to rebuild after fires

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Today marks two years since the 2007 wildfires ripped through San Diego County. It's been a long road to recovery for those who lost their homes, and many San Diegans are still struggling to rebuild.

It's been two years since the Witch Creek Fire roared through San Diego County, killing two people and devouring 1,100 homes, including more than 300 in Rancho Bernardo.

The rebuilding process has been painstakingly slow for RB resident Sherril Jorgensen, who lost her home and her husband. Since that fateful October Day when flames raced through her neighborhood. She also found herself getting ripped off by a contractor who didn't honor his promises.

"It was so much money spent that wasn't utilized for the house," she said.

The day care provider is still struggling to get the previous contractor's damage repaired. She still has no hot water, no gas and many of the electric switches are not working.

While crews continue to help the mother of two rebuild, she still thinks of neighbors who haven't been able to return because of underinsurance or bad contractors.

"I feel their pain, and they're in homes that they may not wish to be in and some of them are renting homes now, so it's difficult. I guess I'm very fortunate, and I hope that some of the other families can find someone around them to give them the support I've had," Sherril said.

Sherril is hoping to have everything fixed by the end of the year. It's unlikely, she says, she'll be taking the original contractor to court.

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