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December 8, 2007 at 12:13 PM

The forgotten storm victims

My day-to-day job at the paper is to cover technology news — blogging on Tech Tracks is part of my daily routine.

But today is not routine, and this blog will not be about technology.

In fact, I’ve hijacked Tech Tracks to tell you another story — one that has been forgotten to be told.

This entire week I drank in most every story written, unable to fathom how much devastation a rain storm can bring. A lot of the attention was centered on the hardest hit area — Thurston County. The coverage was justified. The closure of I-5, an artery that supports tens of thousands of travelers today, is huge by itself.

But I kept waiting to hear stories about the Washington coast, one of the state’s most well-known tourism gems. It was whipped by winds that reached upwards of 100 miles per hour, and as of last night, when I last checked, 16,000 people still didn’t have power in communities such as Westport. When I called yesterday looking for a hotel room, none had electricity in Westport. In Aberdeen, they were full of people, likely seeking heat and electricity.

I’m going to call the people there the forgotten storm victims.

So, I’m embarking on a mission to tell you the story that I haven’t read yet. I have no idea what I will find, but I want to find out.

Can you imagine not having power for almost a week? When the sun goes down at 5 p.m., the flashlights come out. It’s bone cold. And despite not having anything better to do, you can’t even watch TV!

If there’s stories you know need telling, please post a comment to let me know about it, and I’ll do my best.

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