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A fund to help undocumented South Coast residents recover from the financial impacts of the Thomas Fire and flood has received a big boost.

The Ventura County Community Foundation has donated $500,000 to the 805 UndocuFund. The UndocuFund has raised more than $1.2 million dollars since its creation.

The idea is to help undocumented immigrants and their families who are ineligible for conventional government relief in the wake of the two related disasters.

The Thomas Fire and flood are responsible for everything from dozens of deaths, to what are estimtaed to be billions in financial losses.

But, could the twin disasters have also fueled a spike in the number of cases of an unusual type of illness in the region?  Ventura and Santa Barbara County public health officials have been keeping a close eye on Valley Fever statistics, to see if the disasters were a factor in the hike.