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Riverside community struggling to recover after severe wind storm

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RIVERSIDE, Wash. - The severe windstorm which blew through the inland northwest on Wednesday, July 23rd with some wind gusts reaching 60 miles per hour, caused mass destruction and the largest power outage since the ice storm of 1996. Dozens of trees snapped or completely uprooted onto homes, cars and property in Spokane and surrounding areas, however, one community north of Spokane was really hit the hardest.

Riverside Mobile Home Park was a community of 200 homes, however, after the storm, only 156 of those homes are still standing. 44 homes were destroyed from fallen trees and the families who lived in those homes have lost everything. Of the homes that do remain, everyone is still without power.

The American Red Cross has been on scene to help those who were displaced but there is still a huge need for the community  to step up with monetary and item donations.

If you would like to help those who have been displaced, you can donate to the American Red Cross here: http://www.redcross.org/wa/spokane. The American Red Cross has a service center set up for displaced families to have meals, use showers, get water and even stay overnight if they need a place to sleep.

People who have been displaced can call the Union Gospel Mission if they need clothes. The number to call is 509-535-8510 and press option 2. Call in advance. Business hours are between 8:30am-5pm Monday - Friday.

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