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By Richard Lefever
For The Sentinel 

A glimpse of Hurricane Michael

A Goldendale company on site in the heart of a devastated disaster area


December 12, 2018

Contributed: Richard Lefever

DEVASTATION: This church in Panama City, Florida, lost most of its roof in Hurricane Michael in October. Goldendale's Bishop Services was there to help in the aftermath.

When Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10, it left Panama City in complete shambles. Most of the city's water, sewer, electric, and cell services were wiped out. Hurricane Michael will undoubtedly be declared the most-costly U.S. national disaster ever. As Panama City Manager and retired Major General Mark McQueen was looking over the devastation to his city, he commented, "This is Baghdad with trees-100 percent collapse of our infrastructure, 90 percent of all the power poles blown down, one of two wastewater treatment plants completely inoperable, cell phones not working, and the city's lush tree canopy is in splinters."

To complicate matters, a majority of th...

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