Sadly, the flooding had serious consequences, as yet another person lost their life attempting to drive through an area notorious for tragedy. If ever there was a time for a soapbox and a solution it is now. Our social media sites have been filled with suggestions, solutions and in some cases sarcasm on what to do about this problem on SR 257. Hopefully, this death will be the catalyst for change.
So as the old (paraphrased) saying goes, “When 2013 goes out like a lion, 2014 should come in like a lamb.” Well, they were wrong.
In 2014, we learned a new phrase, Polar Vortex. I think we were heavy on the polar and light on the vortex. Truthfully, it was just two and a half days of Arctic blast, but it was a reality check on just how truly cold it can get. Ultimately, we dodged the blizzard bullet and again, those who were responsible for cleaning up, showed professionalism and commitment. I thought people again acted responsibly and we had no serious incidents. Local merchants were well prepared, and there were no signs of price gouging, and generally things were kept positive.
I do think people are taking warnings and weather advice more seriously. Tornado warnings and coverage saved lives when the nightmare scenario unfolded. I believe people have done a better job of staying off the roads when the extreme weather has hit, and folks seemed less panic-stricken as far as stocking up on supplies.
You know, the more I think about it, we have been hit from about every direction, knocked down and dragged around. But we have gotten back up, and we are now ready for the next round.
I take back what I said earlier in the column. We are, no doubt, still squarely in the favor of the Lord. Sometimes you just need a little reminder of how powerful he is.