Letter: Community came together during hurricane
Hurricane Irene made her path through Mathews County the last weekend of August 2011. Such a weather event has the capability to create havoc for our residents. With that in mind, preparations were well underway early in the week for Hurricane Irene.
Our Emergency Operations Center, located at the Mathews Sheriff’s Office, was busy all week monitoring Hurricane Irene’s path, preparing for the actual event and securing services for the aftermath. The EOC ran smoothly and efficiently.
The Distribution Center for ice and water was set up at the Mathews High School parking lot and open for operation on Sunday morning. Again, the operation ran smoothly and efficiently.
The success of the EOC and Distribution Center could not have been possible without the efforts of local businesses, citizens and other outside vendors. I want to thank each of you personally and recognize you each as the best of Mathews County and the best of humanity. Special thanks to:
Wayney Hudgins, local truck driver; John Lee Machen, Mobjack Nurseries; Meade Amory, Amory Seafood; Jeffrey Busic, truck driver for Amory Seafood; Johnny Wroten, Wroten Oil; Trudy Flippin, Trudy’s Portable Toilets; Dave Dowdy, animal water; Lawrence Ambrose, Ambrose Disposal Services; Chris Moughon, Moughons Hardware; Mathews School System (Nelda Gibbs, Clyde Royals and Cleo Hayes); Dave Burns, Emergency Coordinator for Mathews County; Steve Whiteway, Mathews County Administrator; Alfred Harris, VDOT; Virginia State Police; Dominion Virginia Power; Inmate work crew; Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad; Mathews Volunteer Fire Department; Allan May, HAM radio operator; Mathews Lions Club; Local radio stations WXGM, WIGO, WKWI and WHRV; Tom Collins and his driver, Jeff, Kool Ice of Maryland; Jeff Forry, Crystal Water of Norfolk; Stanley O’Bier, Pride of Virginia (ice); Steve Wilson, IT administrator for Mathews; Chief Matthew Welsh and the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Station-Milford Haven; numerous other county officials and every-day residents of Mathews County who volunteered their time and efforts.
If you assisted and your name is not mentioned, I do apologize. It is not because you were not appreciated.
I have always known Mathews County is a wonderful place to call home.
Danny C. Howlett
Mathews County Sheriff