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Calling all hands

Disasters | Hurricane Harvey has proven churches and volunteers remain vital to disaster recovery efforts
by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/14/17, 09:25 am

FRIENDSWOOD & PEARLAND, Texas—James Yoakum stood in his front yard and surveyed a growing pile of debris, items that once filled his house: soggy drywall, a stack of moldy books, a waterlogged couch. One small suitcase caked in mud perched next to a pink princess bag that belched murky water when Yoakum unzipped it. The throat-tickling tang of mildew, sewage, and rotting garbage filled the air.

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Death toll at Florida nursing home now at eight

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 9/13/17, 03:54 pm

UPDATE: The number of deaths at a Florida nursing home rose to eight on Wednesday afternoon. Emergency workers found three residents dead when they arrived at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills early Wednesday morning, but another five have since died at the hospital or on the way. Hurricane Irma knocked out a transformer that powered the center’s air conditioner. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has called for an investigation into the “unfathomable” situation. “I am demanding answers,” he tweeted.

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Much of Florida spared worst of Irma’s wrath

by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/12/17, 10:19 am

Millions of Floridians are beginning another day without electricity as crews work to repair power lines downed when Irma moved up the Florida peninsula Sunday and Monday. The Florida Keys bore the brunt of storm’s wrath, with widespread destruction pocking the low-lying islands. But residents of the upper keys—Key Largo, Tavernier, and Islamorada—are returning home Tuesday morning to begin the cleanup process. As a Category 4 hurricane, Irma washed out a bridge to the lower keys, forcing residents to wait for repairs before returning home. Gov.

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