A big round of applause goes out to all those who helped the flood victims in our area who were impacted by Tropical Storm Irene. The groups, organizations, agencies and individuals who lent a hand are too numerous to mention, but all deserve lots of recognition — as their actions in a time of need truly exemplifies the human spirit.
Residents who lost their home and property have been amazed at the outpouring of support and generosity. Donations of food, clothing, supplies, money — and even manpower to help cleanup — have been flooding the communities that were devastated by Irene’s fury.
Although the storm is just a bad memory and is mainly out of the public’s eye, Irene’s impact lives on. There is still a need.
People are still struggling to recuperate and with colder weather just around the corner, firewood is one of the basic needs. (See article on page 8 for more information).
Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Center located at 11 School Lane in AuSable Forks is also an available resource to residents of Essex and Clinton counties. The FEMA center’s hours of operation are currently 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
So if you or someone you know, still hasn’t contacted that government resource, please urge them to do so.
Irene has caused plenty of suffering in our communities, but in the light of devastation, their community spirit is a driving force.
Please continue to support these neighbors in whatever capacity possible.