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Ferry County residents need donations to get through storm disaster

Poster for donations needed in Ferry County after July 20, 2012, wind storm.
Poster for donations needed in Ferry County after July 20, 2012, wind storm.

OUTDOORS -- There's plenty of firewood for keeping warm in northeastern Washington this week, but many People are hurting for other necessities.

With hundreds of families still without power after last Friday's wind storm wreaked havoc in the region, officials in Ferry County are trying to drum up help with a list of basic necessisties people are needing to get back into gear -- including a family that lost their home.

"There's a snowballing effect to this Ferry County disaster," said Bob Whittaker, who lives near Curlew. "Ferry County has Washington State's highest unemployment rate.  Everyone has freezers full of deer meat that gets us through the year. Being this rural, all of us shop in bulk and freeze food. 

"But without power, its all going bad. I just found out they are still rationing blocks of ice in Republic.

"Keller on the Colville Reservation is even more devastated than North County but we are not hearing about it as much, yet. again, no power."




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