EDITORIAL: Big challenges bring out the best in us

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Floodwaters were finally receding Friday. Good news for everyone threatened over many days by the rising Ohio River.

The flood of 2011 caused its share of problems, a handful of evacuations, flooded basements and sandbagging operations, but it also brought out the very best in us.

During our work covering last week’s flooding, we couldn’t help but notice the many ways Perry Countians came together. Friends and neighbors checked on one another, helped them move their belongings to areas less likely to be impacted by flooding and grabbed shovels and bags. Some donated muscle and sweat; others gave food and moral support. It was all welcome in the battle against high water.

We’d be remiss not to mention those who donated equipment, vehicles and material. A special thanks to Mulzer Crushed Stone, which donated many tons of sand to the communities it serves along the river. In Tell City and Rockport, that sand was put to good use and prevented damage. The company has a long history of helping its communities recover from natural disasters, from flooding to tornadoes and its work deserves praise.

So does the National Guard, whose men and women filled sandbags and deployed them to problem areas. Thanks also goes to city and county officials, including the Perry County Emergency Management Agency and the State Emergency Management Agency for what appeared to us to be effective communication.

To everyone who helped someone else over the past week, let us offer the community’s gratitude. We join everyone in hoping for dry weather, a decent spring and a placid Ohio River.

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