Builders and contractors at a Westside construction site say they are just “ordinary families” and are grateful for the quick response from authorities.
The Westside community was rocked by the magnitude 8.9 earthquake Monday night, which struck near the intersection of Interstate 45 and East Washington Street in the downtown core.
Officials said at least 20 people were injured.
The region is still recovering from the initial earthquake, which also shook several downtown hotels.
It has since been declared a state of emergency, and more than 200 people have been placed in shelters.
But the damage has been extensive.
A large swath of downtown has been destroyed and hundreds of businesses have been left in ruins.
Many buildings are now occupied by contractors who are doing the work without pay.
One contractor who spoke with The Associated Press, who requested anonymity, said he’s now trying to find a new job, which will pay $15 an hour.
“We just want to get back to our normal lives,” he said.
“I know the town is going to take a while.
It’s going to be a while.”
The West Side, which is home to about 2,200 residents, is about 20 miles west of San Francisco and a major tourist destination.
It includes the historic San Francisco Zoo and other parks and historic buildings.