Editorial: Prepared for the storm
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, we find ourselves running down a mental checklist.
Were the counties prepared? Yes.
Were the road crews and the power company ready? Yes.
Were the residents well-informed and well-provisioned? Yes.
A lot of energy went into preparation during the slow but sure approach of Irene.
This groundwork, plus the very fortunate fact that Irene was just not as powerful as it might have been, paved the way for an easier recovery. Amazingly, some people never even lost their power.
Surely, some residents suffered heavy damage from Irene. Their homes have water in them or trees on them. They face a long period of repair and recovery; they will have help from their neighbors. We have been most impressed by the fact that friends from near and far reached out before, during and after the storm to be sure of others’ safety.
As this week goes on, people continue to pick up their yards and repair their roofs. The power crews, working non-stop, will restore electric current to almost all homes. By Labor Day, Irene will have become a memory for most of our residents.
We are thankful the tide stopped rising before it could do real damage, and that the wind never reached sustained hurricane levels. A good outcome of the season’s prolonged drought is that tree roots were more or less cemented in the earth. Plenty of trees came down, but thousands more keep their feet in the ground.
Residents helped each other and businesses went the extra mile to obtain the necessary supplies.
Finally, we commend our county governments for their constant updates, for their early opening of shelters, and for providing ice and water for people who need it. The power and road crews have done a great job.
Hurricanes are no picnic. They create tremendous work before, during and after their stay, and cause anxiety and hardships that are difficult to quantify. But this Irene, the forecast "monster storm," treated our area relatively lightly. That fact, combined with thorough preparation, made it bearable.
Meanwhile, Katia churns up the atmosphere far away in the Atlantic, heading west.