Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 by Michael
The devastation from Hurricane Irene in many Vermont towns is hard to fully comprehend. The photos coming out of central and southern regions of the state paint a startling picture (e.g., here’s one set).
And the response from Vermonters is just as extraordinary. Witness these sample Front Porch Forum postings…
We’ve lost half a house but we’ve gained a community. I’ve never experienced being carried through a devastating event by large numbers of friends, neighbors, and complete strangers before. Thank you Moretown and out-of-town volunteers for your heart-breaking generosity.
And from Cambridge FPF…
In 36 hours you donated about 3 tons of food and supplies as well as $3,000 in support of Hurricane Irene flooding victims. The goods were sorted and repacked by an enthusiastic group and loaded into a dump truck and covered trailer. At 6:00 AM Saturday Jack and Adam will head out for a distribution center in Bennington, probably detouring through New York State to avoid road closings.
And we’re seeing hundreds more Irene-related postings on FPF in dozens of towns… from those seeking help, as well as those ready to give. Vermont is an incredible place.
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