We would like to commend members of the Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Company for the generosity they displayed in journeying to Schoharie County, N.Y., and helping with rebuilding efforts still ongoing after Tropical Storm Irene. (For the story and video, visit www.thetranscript.com.)
While the common perception is that most places have recovered from Irene's wrathful visit in August 2011, the situation could not be further from the truth in this nearby area. In that county, some 900 homes were heavily damaged, and in the village of Schoharie, water levels topped out at 6 to 7 seven feet on the first floors of many homes. The area is likely to need help getting on its feet for several years still to come.
Clarksburg firefighter Robert Goodell has been organizing Clarksburg's volunteer effort, and he characterized the assistance as a great "pay-it-forward event." We couldn't agree more. He added that Schoharie County still needs all the help it can get.
Given the generosity and kindness that we have observed here in North County, we're not surprised by Clarksburg's firefighters heeding the call for aid, but we are certainly proud of them and think they deserve recognition. We also won't be surprised if these local volunteers begin noticing more faces from the Berkshires on the work sites in New York as word of their touching story spreads.
Those interested in aiding the volunteer effort can contact Stephen Coonradt at 518-429-9301 or email@example.com.