By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley) – Rep. Paul Cook (R – Apple Valley) met with residents of Mt. Baldy and Forest Falls to assess damage done to homes and property by mudslides over the past few days. The storms have destroyed homes and properties throughout the area and have left thousands stranded without essential services. Local residents were out in force helping clear debris from homes and neighborhood streets.
Cook said, “What I saw yesterday was an inspiring display of compassion and kindness amidst all the destruction. The citizens of these communities demonstrated strength and character in the face of adversity by coming together to begin the process of rebuilding. Neighbors came to the aid of neighbors. Volunteers, non-profit organizations, church congregations, and local and state officials joined in to help those most heavily affected by the mudslides. “In the coming days my staff and I will be closely monitoring this situation, and we’ll do all we can to assist in the rebuilding of these communities.”
A member of the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Veterans’ Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.