Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Another Day, Another Detour

Katydid by Becky

Routing traffic away from flooded areas, un-inspected bridges, and such has snarled traffic like the wind will your hair when you ride in a convertible. It took Alan well over an hour to pick Becky up from work yesterday and she only works a mile from here. Worth every minute of it though, if keeps everyone safe from further disaster.

Folks are being so good about it too. If you need to pull onto what was once a thoroughfare, but is now a slow-moving parking lot, people let you in with a wave and wait as patiently as they can. As always there are a few bad actors and rude folks, but they are in the minority.

Most everyone from politicians to whom I never paid any attention before, news sources (can't say enough about the fantastic job media and ordinary people are doing at getting out information), volunteers and professional emergency folks, to the kids cleaning up the fair ground so the fair can go on albeit a bit late, are making me feel fortunate and proud to live here.

What a great region for neighbors and caring and community spirit!

I even talked to really, really nice people at the power company yesterday. The boss's elderly aunt is still without power and not getting her meals on wheels and such. (We packed a cooler and ran it up as soon as we knew, but she needs her fridge.) My first call about the power was routed to Boston for some reason, but the lady there was incredibly helpful and got me the numbers I needed for the local situation. The man I reached next was helpful too. Hopefully she will soon have power. Meanwhile Liz hit the grocery for imperishable edibles last night.

Anyhow, I really want to thank everyone who has worked and is working so hard to restore the upstate area. Great job! Great neighbors! Wonderful people, thank you, thank you, thank you.

***Update, amazingly 5 and the Thruway are open.


Rev. Paul said...

It's great to hear positive stories out of that flooding.

Jan said...

Sounds like it is bringing out the best in people. Good to hear.

Sandcastle Momma said...

So glad to hear that everyone is pulling together. Hope things continue to improve quickly!

Cathy said...

Very heartening to hear your take on your fellow citizens. Very.

Woodswalker said...

Sometimes it takes a disaster for folks to realize we're all in this together. Thanks for telling us about the good people. I'm so glad you and your family are safe and sound.

threecollie said...

Rev. Paul, People are so amazing! I could write a dozen posts about volunteer efforts for friends and neighbors. Great folks!

Jan, it is very moving to see how hard people are working for each other

SCMomma, I am astonished at the pace that things are getting done, but oh, how I wish the power company would get the boss's aunt's power back on. She is in her nineties and alone and having a hard time without electricity. We are helping all we can, but she needs power.

Cathy, it is pretty incredible.