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We have heard about damage in Big Falls, San Antonio, Silver Creek, etc... but no word about Columbia. We can only assume the worst and hope for the best. If anyone has a damage report for this village, please let us know!
Patrick and Cecelie

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just talked with someone from big falls - supposedly the northern villages were hit the hardest including san pedro, columbia, golden stream, medina bank, indian creek, etc. supposedly 90% of the buildings in columbia are devastated, but keep in mind that this was "passed down the line" and not directly seen by who i spoke to. i hope you find out more. i'll let you know if i hear anything else.

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I spoke to Big Falls via radio phone a little while ago. Damage was worst in the villages to the north, including Columbia, Silver Creek, Indian Creek, and Medina Bank. It was also awful in Big Falls, where I have a residence. The worst hit were thatch roof buildings, which is the most common dwelling in the above villages. The really bad thing is that the people who live in these houses are the least likely to have any resources to rebuild. To make things even worse, the cahune leaf that they use for roofing was in short supply before the hurricane (end result of population growth and deforestation) and with the wind and downed trees it will be in even shorter supply. The alternative is sheet metal roofs, which are more durable (though hotter). However, most of the residents of these villages have no material resources to get back on their feet in the immediate future. These people will need lots of help, both in terms of basic supplies to get through the next few days, and for their longer term future. Lets all hope that a lots of relief will get to these villages. I was also told that they need help! Warm bodies to assit with removing debris and rebuilding. Please do what you can to alleviate some of the suffering in these areas.

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