THE NUMBER OF DEAD AND MISSING CONTINUES TO RISE IN
28 SO FAR.
AS DOES THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE BEING SENT THERE TO HELP
KXLY4'S AARON LUNA SPOKE TO MEMBERS OF THE WASHINGTON
NATIONAL GUARD WHO MADE THE TRIP TO WESTERN WASHINGTON
FROM FAIRCHILD EARLIER THIS WEEK.
NADINE, SEVERAL OF THE GUARDSMEN WE SPOKE WITH SAID
THEY WERE MORE THAN HAPPY TO HELP WITH RECOVERY EFFORTS
ONE STAFF SERGEANT TELLING US THE TOUGHEST PART FOR
HIM WAS NOT BEING ABLE TO DO ENOUGH TO HELP THE VICTIMS.
THE SYMBOL OF HOPE, THE SYMBOL OF FREEDOM.
A TATTERED AMERICAN FLAG PULLED FROM THE MUDSLIDE
DEBRIS BY WASHINGTON NATIONAL GUARDSMAN STAFF SERGEANT
Surprised to see how much of that flag was still intact,
LIKE THE CLOSE KNIT COMMUNITY.
THE FLAG BATTERED BUT NOT BROKEN.
HELP STILL POURING IN FROM AROUND THE STATE.
So many different agencies working so diligently to
try and help bring closure to the families and its
just truly amazing to see,
THE PAST THREE WEEKS A NIGHTMARE FOR RESIDENTS AFFECTED
BY THE SLIDE.
A TRYING TIME FOR THOSE HELPING THEM DIG OUT.
THE WORST PART FOR SOME, NOT BEING ABLE TO DO ENOUGH.
Spend hours just digging and not finding anything
it can just be a real discouragement,
TODAY SPOKANE COUNTY SENT A GROUP OF CHAPLANS TO HELP
VICTIMS AND RESPONDERS ALIKE.
I know that the folks who lived there certainly had
a tragedy but the folks over there helping them are
living with some of the same feelings,
FOUR K-9 SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS ALSO DEPLOYED FROM
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS SAY ADRENALINE KEEPS
FIRST RESPONDERS GOING FOR ONLY SO LONG.
But at some point all the pressure of that time is
going to build up and has to be dealt with,
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL OVER THE AREA HANDED OVER TO SPOKANE
COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SERGEANT DAVE ELLIS.
OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS BEING ROTATED OUT.
You do have to step back, take a breather and let
someone fresh come in and help out,
BUT LIKE THIS FLAG ALL STAND, WEARY BUT UNITED, READY
TO GIVE WHAT THEY CAN FOR A NEIGHBOR IN NEED.
MANY OF THE VOLUNTEER OUT THERE RIGHT NOW DOING THIS
ON THEIR OWN DIME.
MAKING THAT SACRIFICE TO HELP DURING THIS DISASTER.
REPORTING IN THE STUDIO AARON LUNA KXLY 4 NEWS.