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Local Resident Makes Contact with Family

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Grants Pass resident waiting to hear from family in the Philippines can now rest a little easier.

Dorina Dereus says a relative sent her a Facebook message with her nephew’s phone number to call. He had to go up a mountain to get enough reception to speak with her, but at two a.m. on Thursday, she spoke to him.

He said everyone made it, but her brother lost his house. Despite that part of the news, she’s still feeling major relief after days of worrying.

Most of the houses in the town her mother lives in have been destroyed. She says her family is struggling to get enough food and batteries.