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Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Floods of 2008

With the flood waters receeding, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of those who helped with the flood. There have been those saying that it is the city's workers job and they don't need thanks. The way I see it is, yes it is their job, but they were not "just doing their job." They went above and beyond what is expected of them and seeing the numbers of volunteers out of a city of 100,000, had they "just done their job" we all would be a lot worse off. At the same time had the volunteers not helped, we very well might be in the same predicament. It is when residents and city employees work together that we can accomplish great things. Was everything done perfectly? No. I do feel though that we were successful in fighting back the fifth largest flood in recorded history and the largest rainfall in 4 hours. What we need to do now is objectively look at what could have been done better and what was done just right.

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