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Helpers slosh through mud


— When mudslides inundated the house of the first counselor in the La

Crescenta California Stake presidency, the outpouring of help provided by

fellow Church members was impressive. But it was only prelude to what

happened the next day.The Station Fire last August in the Angeles National Forest above this

Southern California community had left barren hillsides that gave way after

a period of heavy rains culminated with a deluge Friday night, Feb. 5.

Charles Woodhouse was awakened in the early hours Saturday morning by

running water and mud. The mud was so deep that he could not leave the

home. He made a phone call for help, which translated into e-mails sent

throughout his stake. Soon, more than 100 people responded with shovels,

wheelbarrows, brooms, sump pumps and heavy equipment to move and haul the

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This story is provided by the LDS Church News, an official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is produced weekly by the Deseret News.