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Storm clean-up efforts first class

Posted: November 11, 2011 - 8:49am

Some say a person shows his or her true colors in a crisis. We think much the same can be said for communities in crisis.

When crisis hit our community last week in the form of destructive winds, our community persevered. Frankly, we're not surprised, considering the quality of those who stepped up to the plate.

Toppling trees, snapping power lines and ripping shingles loose from roofs sent our local emergency responders into a frenzy, but it wasn't anything we couldn't handle and that is something worth recognizing.

We would like to applaud the efforts of Homer Electric Association, the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Office of Emergency management, the various local fire departments, police agencies, and countless other individuals that helped mitigate the storm's damage.

HEA, for the most part, responded quickly and effectively to make sure those who lost power didn't remain without it for very long. We also want to recognize the many HEA employees who worked around the clock to coordinate repair efforts.

The borough's efforts to establish a shelter for those residents displaced by the wind or lack of power is also worthy of recognition. As we understand, that shelter was well used and provided a critical asset for our neighbors in trouble.

We would also urge those same organizations to look at the root causes of the damage and take what preventative measures they can to mitigate damage from future storms. Perhaps we need to look closer at the proximity of the right of way tree line and the power lines a bit closer.

In short: Thank you to those who helped our community get through last week's wind storm. The damages were significant, but its effects could have been much worse without the hard work of many.

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