Author Carla Seaquist has a fine essay in the Christian Science Monitor about returning to her home, Lewis County, which is still recovering from the devastating flooding in early December.
Her description of the scene there:
Now, roads are cracked or washed out; bridges, both wood and concrete, are gone; railroad tracks hover over beds no longer there; streams are choked with debris; here and there, hills gave way to mudslides. Into the night I saw people shoveling the thick mud out of their homes. Those done shoveling ripped out carpet and insulation and burned the wreckage in bins in yards where more mud awaited. To see all the destruction is heartbreaking.