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700 Lewis County dairy cows reported dead in storm

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Associated Press - December 8, 2007 1:05 PM ET

CENTRALIA, Wash. (AP) - The head of the Lewis County Farm Bureau says at least 700 to 1,000 dairy cows perished in this week's flooding.

Ron Mauel (MOLL') tells KELA Radio in Centralia that the number is a conservative estimate. They still aren't sure how many beef cattle, horses and sheep may have been lost.

Many people watched their animals die, unable to lead them to higher ground.

Lewis County officials also say they have concerns about hay fires. When stored hay gets wet, it can spontaneously combust. Two small fires have already been reported.

The United Way of Lewis County has volunteers available to help spread out and dry hay.

Information from: Doug Adamson/KELA-AM, http://www.kmnt.com/main.html

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