"One farmer alone lost $1 million worth of dairy cows and equipment. He spent his life developing his business and now it's all gone. How can you recover from a loss like that," asked Stan Wyse, treasurer and volunteer with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) of
Preliminary findings indicate that damage is more widespread and extensive than originally expected…. "I don't think we've ever seen anything of this scale in this area. It almost qualifies as a catastrophe," said David Baylor, who also serves as the diocese's representative on the Washington Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. "This event even wiped out public services, which has made it even harder to respond," he said. "In some towns, they've had to establish emergency operating headquarters from scratch because even municipal police and fire departments have been flooded."
…Following appeals from the governors of both states, President Bush issued federal disaster declarations for Clatsop,
….The Emergency Response Program of Church World Service (CWSERP), an interfaith disaster relief organization, issued an appeal Wednesday for emergency response specialists to lead training in