QUINAULT NATION

WASHINGTON STATE

SMITH ISLAND

CHESAPEAKE BAY, MARYLAND

Staying Put

Francis “Hoss” Parks, a lifelong resident of Smith Island, Maryland, stands beside a raised walkway that he built to move between his house and the nearby water gauge that he monitors. “I’ve seen lots of flooding” he says, “Up to four feet or more through here. It’s been in my house. I sit here and watch it come in. I don’t leave. It ain’t no use to leave and then come back to disaster”.