The cracks measured 1/16 of an inch wide — about the thickness of a penny — when Jeremy Budge first noticed them in the wooden floor boards between his kitchen and dining room.

He thought nothing of it at the time. Chalking it up to warped wood or perhaps some water damage, Budge used his thumb to smear wood putty the length of the thin clefts. That was Christmas 2011.

Cody Cottier covers town and state government. He grew up with a view of the Olympic Mountains, and after graduating Washington State University he traded it for a view of the Tetons. Odds are the mountains are where you’ll find him when not on deadline.

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Debbie Reis

I have been out of town and watching from Ohio. So sorry to hear about this terrible situation! Stay safe and if I can help in any way, I will be back on Sunday! Debbie

Robbie Reinhold

Thoughts and Prayers to you all from Atlanta.

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