Friday, January 23, 2009


Buddy Chambers walks through the side door of his flooded mobile home earlier this month. Chambers, is long-time resident of the Wheel In Mobile Home Park near Tacoma, and drives trucks for a living. He lives with his partner Kelli and their cats.

Many towns throughout Western Washington were flooded the second week of January. Our photo staff was sent to several counties to cover sandbagging, evacuations, rising water and the aftermath. The first day out, my DOP Barry Fitzsimmons sent me to River Road, a stretch of unincorporated Pierce County outside of Tacoma and Fife. There, I met Buddy and Kelli. They own a mobile home, next to Clear Creek and the Puyallup River.

Buddy and Kelli went back to their flooded trailer to rescue their cats and grab a few clothes. It was Kelli's first time being flooded. Buddy said they do not have flood insurance because it is too expensive. Their neighbor Kurtis Wolfe helped them transport their pets by canoe.



The next day, in the town of Pacific, a flooded backyard didn’t deter Gianna Guerra, 10, (in red) and friends from jumping on the trampoline Friday at White River Estates. Guerra’s father transported her and her brother Christian Guerra Jr., 7, (behind in black) to the Hernandez home where they met their friends, including Chris Hernandez, 12, and Karina Hernandez, 10.


Kirk Mastin said...

Amazing video Erika.

Everything about it is impeccable.

I'm looking forward to seeing more work like this in the future :)


Erika Schultz said...

Thanks for the feedback, K. Much appreciated.

marcusfoto said...

Erika, your coverage was and still is incredible. Seeing those images brought tears to my eyes. That first image is flawless, at first glance I thought it was a story about a man who makes wedding gowns. the images walk a person through not just what these people went through but what they felt and saw. really nice work.

keep in touch, marcus

Max said...

This is really nice. I recognize some of those photos from the paper! Amazing photos... so intimate and powerful.

This is Max who spoke to you briefly on Wednesday in Bellingham. Thanks again for coming, it was quite inspiring.

NetBizSavvy said...

It is also important to know information about your location's flood risk to have an idea on how much water might get into your place. Info can be avail in floodplain management office or building department. Anyone can be a victim of financial difficulties because of the damages that brought about by flooding.

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