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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Colbert KCs repair community’s storm damage

the Inland Register

(From the December 18, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

A brief but devastating storm last July inflicted significant damage at a North Spokane County mobile home park.

On Wednesday, July 23, a “tornado-like windstorm” hit northern Spokane County, doing severe damage to trees, homes, and power lines. Especially hard-hit was Riverside Village Mobile Home Park, which houses some of the poorest of the poor in Spokane County.

Pictured are some of the more than 40 Knights of Columbus from St. Joseph Parish, Colbert, who worked together to help repair damage inflicted on mobile homes last summer. (IR photos courtesy of Scott Charleboix)

While the storm only lasted for approximately 50 minutes, the destruction that it left in its wake was incredible. Forty-two mobile homes were damaged, 26 of them beyond repair. Nineteen of the mobile homes are owned by the individuals that live in them; only three of these individuals had insurance.

Knights of Columbus Council 8872, St. Joseph Parish in Colbert, started assisting occupants of the damaged homes in moving their furniture, household goods, and personal belongings into storage units while a determination was made as to the condition of their mobile home. Over 40 Knights participated in this effort.

Once a determination was made as to what was repairable and what was destroyed, the Council shifted into the repair mode, replacing trusses, putting down sheeting, tar paper and new metal, fixing fascia and soffit and waterproofing the roofs.

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