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By Michele Smith
The Times 

2020: a year of waiting


December 31, 2020

Photo Beka Compton

DAYTON-National Guardsmen from throughout eastern Washington were on hand at the Columbia County fairgrounds to distribute food to those struggling with food insecurity.

DAYTON-2020 has been a year like no other in Dayton's collective memory.

In February, the county experienced severe flooding on the North and South Touchet rivers and Patit Creek.

The flood, which caused $7.2 million in damage to county infrastructure, was followed close on its heels by the COVID-19 pandemic which sent health and safety personnel scrambling to prepare the county.

People were told to wear masks and limit social contact with others. Some did, and some did not.

Government offices were shuttered, and businesses closed their doors. Employees were sent home to face an uncertain...

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