Tough times can bring out the best in people

We have said it before, but it’s worth mentioning again, when hard times hit in small towns, you’ll often see neighbors pitching in to help neighbors.

During the flash flooding which occurred following the torrential rainstorms we experienced overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, it was heartening to watch how East Liverpool city officials and residents jumped into action. Job descriptions and departmental responsibilities were thrown out the window, as refuse workers were pulled from their routes and summer youth workers were pressed into action filling sandbags alongside street department workers. Firemen canvassed neighborhoods to help people with water in their basements. Even the service-safety director was photographed by our reporter up to his neck in water as he tried to dig debris from a storm sewer.

And it wasn’t just city employees and officials who stepped up to the plate to help. An emergency shelter at the First Church of the Nazarene, which had been proposed earlier this year to help victims of power outages, was quickly pressed into service to aid those affected by the flooding.

Even in a town which is used to dealing with flooding, Wednesday’s deluge was excessive, and things would have been a lot worse without the quick work and cooperation of city employees and residents.

Now county officials are working to get a disaster designation so that the city will qualify for state funding to repair things such as buckled pavement caused by the flooding and to help defray overtime costs.

Kudos to those who jumped into action, and let’s hope for more days of sunny skies ahead.