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More than 300,000 people are sleeping on cots in shelters after the earthquake that hit northern Japan nearly three weeks ago. The aftermath that could last ten years or more. Seismologists say it's the 5th largest quake measured since 1900. With more than 440,000 people originally placed in shelters, even though about 10,000 are released each day, numbers of people in dire straights are still high. "We’ve got 360,000 to 370,000 people sleep on cots in Japan who may not ever be able to go home. So this is definitely a human tragedy if not just an economic one." Executive Director Tom Farley says there are some 2 million Red Cross volunteers trained to respond, but he adds it will ten years or more for the people to recover from the trauma. “Some of that's emotional. You're sitting in a shelter, you don't know where you're mom is, and so some of that is rebuilding not just homes but neighborhoods that have been wiped out and so the International Red Cross has experience in this kind of disaster response.” If you've like to help victims of the earthquake in Japan, there are three ways to donate to the Red Cross: call 1-900 Red Cross, go to www.redcross.org , or simply text the number 90999 and a $10 donation will automatically be billed to you.

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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