Sept. 15, 2014 06:31

From the Publisher


The hurricane that ripped through Hawaii reminded me that we are now in hurricane season. Although we’re used to seeing hurricanes on the East Coast, this one came out of the West and seemed to start the season off with a bang. It made me think again about how powerful these storms can be, and the tremendous damage they can do to lives and property.

Unless we live near the ocean, or the gulf, we see on the news the damage that these storms cause, but we don’t live it. Those who live near water realize the potential for devastation. However, once the storm has passed, we have our work cut out for us.

Although much of the work that will need to be done is contracted out to dredging companies, a number of those in the erosion field will be sub contractors, ready to supply these areas with mats, wattles, sleeves, etc. But do we ever take a timeout and think of all the good we’re doing along the way?

I remember the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, and damage repair is still underway. Since Sandy hit, the beaches and shorelines of New Jersey and New York are still being worked on. Many companies contributed to ease the suffering of those living in the area.

Now, a few years later, one company still stands out. This particular company had several of their people who were living in the area who were caught in the storm. The first floors of their homes were flooded, and they didn’t have electricity or gasoline.

This company loaded a couple of their large trucks with tanks of gasoline, pumps and generators, and drove more than 700 miles to the damaged areas. They pumped out the cellars and floor, not only for their employees but their neighbors as well. Portable generators were donated to a number of homeowners without power. They went to a number of neighborhoods and filled cars with gasoline they had brought. All this was done very quietly. The owners weren’t looking for any accolades; they just wanted to help.

It makes me feel good to know that those people involved in our industry are not only professionals, but are nice people who have good hearts and are willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.

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In many ways, we are fortunate that, in our chosen profession, we are able to help people when certain disasters occur: the tornadoes in Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Georgia, the flooding in Louisiana, the snows in the northeastern part of the country, the rain in California, and the snow in Colorado....

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