The bad news is that so many others were not so fortunate. We are overwhelmed with sadness and grief over the loss of lives, homes, farms, roads, bridges, connections. Our heart especially goes out to Evening Song in Cuttingsville and Right Mind in Wallingford who lost so very much.
But no matter the devastation - the power and love and strength of Vermonters comes shining through. People are coming together to help neighbors, friends, and strangers. We are heartened to see the National Guard helicopters airlifting food and water to isolated towns and FEMA entering communities with water, food and promises to help help help. CVPS has been amazing - as have the power companies who have come into our state to do what they can. Grassroots efforts such as Restoring Rutland demonstrate the power of the people to make good things happen fast. Local radio stations VPR, WJJR, and WSYB have been invaluable offering information and support - showing how vital local radio really is.
This is the way it's supposed to work!
Our hearts go out to everyone who is experiencing loss. We will get through this and come out the other end stronger.
Remember these wise words: Barn burned down - now I can see the moon.
The moon is definitely the power of our loving communities.