Letter to the editor 2, May 11, 2017
Tears of gratitude
Tonight my house is surrounded by water – not a patch of land in sight. For the last two weeks, we have been visited every day by local firefighters who have come to observe, advise, encourage, and protect us. They have wrapped our house in a vapour barrier and sandbagged repeatedly as the flood waters continued to rise beyond what anyone could have expected.
They have efficiently coordinated hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers and effectively distributed the generous donations of food, coffee, and people power.
The loans of hip waders, canoes, rowboats, trucks, trailers, moving vans, and snow removal tractors have all been put to good use.
The sight of 50 firefighters and volunteers loading sandbags onto a flotilla of canoes and rowboats bound toward my house tonight brought tears to my eyes.
I can't thank you enough.