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Elizabethtown to offer aid to damaged sister city

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Koori Machi, Japan, suffered no casualties but sizable property damage

By Marty Finley

The News-Enterprise
Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker said city government has made contact with its sister city, Koori Machi, Japan, and confirmed there were no reported deaths there after an earthquake and tsunami besieged the nation last week, killing thousands.
Koori Machi, which lies north of Fukushima and is home to about 15,000 residents, was heavily affected. Walker said several homes were destroyed and a school was damaged.
Elizabethtown plans to identify ways in which it can provide aid in response to the disaster, Walker added.
Koori Machi offered financial assistance to Elizabethtown after a storm in 1994 and again after an ice storm immobilized Hardin County in 2009, the mayor said.