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All in all, my little town fared very well, considering how bad it could have been. I had some difficulty getting to the EOC last night as streets were flooded; but I got there.
As I was sitting down for my shift behind the radios, other CERT members were being called in, to go to the high water areas in town. They were going to go door to door, banging on doors and telling folks that this was it, their last chance to be taken to a shelter.
Most people stayed, desiring to take their chances and stay with their houses. My friend Tim AB2ZK commented to me how much fun it was, slogging through waist high rain water. Our mayor was with us most of the night and even he went slogging through the water, with CERT members, checking on fellow citizens.
We had numerous trees and wires down. At 3:45 in the morning, Public Service Electric and Gas must have gotten enough calls to feel that there was a safety issue; and they shut down the grid in our area. I am typing this as the power just came back on some 11 hours later.
We got numerous calls about flooded basements; but the ones we directed the Fire Department to were the ones where water was coming close to approaching electrical outlets; or a few cases where water WAS coming out of electrical outlets.
I really have to hand it to our Director of Emergency Management, Mike Zushma. His job as Director is now part time, due to budget constraints. But he does a full time job, regardless of that fact. CERT was called out and on hand, manning the radios and phones. All the proper personnel were at the EOC. He even managed to come up with some reserve sump pumps for the elderly that really, really needed them. He made sure the EMS trucks got moved when the access road to the Rescue Squad building started going under water. Working with the Road Department, he even had some temporary stop signs placed at intersections where the stop lights went out due to the loss of power.
A good job was done by paid staff and volunteers. Makes me proud to able to work with such high caliber people, who are after all, my neighbors. If there was one overwhelming thing I came away with last night was the sense that everyone realized that we were all in this together and that we worked very well together, as a team.
72 de Larry W2LJ
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