Homeowner of lost house on Cowlitz shares his story

Homeowner of lost house on Cowlitz shares his story
PACKWOOD - Homeowners along the Cowlitz River in the Lewis County town of Packwood are looking for help in protection against further flooding. For others it's too late.

It's the story of a family that could do nothing as their home was claimed by the raging waters.

We showed you the pictures Thursday of one home on the Cowlitz River being swept away Tuesday.

Now you get to hear from the homeowner who could nothing against the force of nature.

"We started thinking about things we could do and there really wasn't much to do," Roger Hunt said.

Hunt really did feel helpless because he and his wife weren't there. Friends called to give them the bad news and e-mailed photos of the house disappearing downstream.

"There wasn't much to think," Hunt said. "It was gone. It was sad. We put a lot of work into it. We have lost a lot of things, but the important thing is that is really is just stuff and nobody got hurt and nobody lost their life in it. So we were fortunate."

Before it was swept away, there were two large decks out the back overlooking the river that was a long distance away.

"It was a great spot. It was a great gathering spot for family and friends and it got used a lot and it had some nice decks that had a great view of the river," Hunt said.

And just before the house fell in, a good friend called.

"And said 'I can make one trip inside the house, what do you want to save?' My wife said 'grab the photo albums,' " Hunt said.

He got the photo albums and a few other irreplaceable items including the couple's wedding goblets.

The thing is, the Hunts really like a view of the water. Their permanent home is overlooking Commencement Bay in Tacoma and despite what happened to them on the river, they plan on going back there.

They put their faith in the belief that another Hundred Year storm really won't come for another hundred years.

While the Hunts figure out whether they can rebuild, they want the attention shifted to making sure the other 300 homeowners in the High Valley development are protected should the waters of the Cowlitz rise again.