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Typhoon cancels Clearwater’s sister city visit to Nagano

Typhoon Habigis caused devastation to much of Japan. Nagano got some of the worst of it.
A woman surveys her home destroyed by Typhoon Hagibis this month in Nagano, Japan. More victims and damage have been found in the typhoon-hit areas of central and northern Japan, where rescue crews are searching for people still missing. [JAE C. HONG | AP]
Published Oct. 17

CLEARWATER — City officials cancelled a trip to sister city Nagano, Japan, next week because of the catastrophic flooding there this past weekend.

In a letter to Nagano Mayor Hisao Kato, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos expressed his regret about the cancellation.

“This way, you and your staff can concentrate on the more important efforts to care for your citizens and community,” Cretekos wrote.

Typhoon Habigis has already killed at least 74 people in Japan, according to news reports. Nagano got some of the worst of the storm: In a 24-hour stretch, part of the town saw 5.3 inches of rain.

Cretekos also shared his condolences with his counterpart in Nagano, which has been Clearwater’s sister city since 1959.


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