After the flood

Disaster relief | For victims of Mexico's worst flooding in 50 years, cleanup requires seasoned outside helpers willing to go the distance
by Ralph Kurtenbach
Posted 1/12/08, 12:00 am

VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico- The scrap metal never stops arriving at Alberto's place in Villahermosa, Mexico. Throughout the day neighbors bring pushcarts, shopping carts, and discarded baby carriages laden with steel, copper tubing, and aluminum cans to dump in a mound inside Alberto's large garage.

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From “building” to blessing: The Rock became a shelter and major supply distribution center for wildfire victims.

Tested by fire

Disaster | How churches and relief groups are turning five pans of lasagna into truckloads of food and care for California victims
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 11/17/07, 12:00 am

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Lake Arrowhead

The fire this time

Disaster | Families hit twice in four years by catastrophic wildfires face the prospect of another grueling recovery effort
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 11/03/07, 12:00 am

SAN DIEGO-Wildfires roaring through seven Southern California counties had by Oct. 25 torched 695 square miles, from the Mexican border to Malibu, and inland into the San Bernardino Mountains and the resort area of Lake Arrowhead. The state insurance department estimated the damage at more than $1 billon, including more than 1,600 homes destroyed, with at least 10 people dead.

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