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Flooding has made us tired and thankful

April 30, 2011
Editorial by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Publisher Catherine Moore, Managing Editor Peter Crowley

What a week. News of the flooding was coming fast, and our staff were working furiously.

Reporters repeatedly checked on flooded areas, worked the phones hard, wrote stories and organized their articles and photos, in communication with editors. They also updated our Facebook and Twitter sites, trying to keep up with the torrent of news updates on our website.

Editors, meanwhile, received and sorted the incoming tips and photos - so many photos, thanks to readers and taken by staff - prioritized, directed reporters, kept the updates humming on our website and wrote a few news stories themselves.

Newspaper carriers sometimes had to contend with difficult access to homes on their routes. Two Tupper Lake brothers, Dylan and Thomas Barton, even delivered a paper by canoe Thursday to a home at the end of their flooded street - Water Street, of course. That's dedication, and creativity. Great work, boys.

Keeping on top of the news is kind of like keeping on top of the water level. Now we know what a dam would feel like, if it could feel.

But Enterprise workers' efforts are little compared to those of the business and home owners who have fought the waters constantly these last few days, hoping only to mitigate the water damage somewhat; or the firefighters who drove an hour from northern Franklin County to make and lay sandbags in Saranac Lake; or the police officers and workers who painstakingly monitored the water across state Route 3/30, a crucial North Country passage that would take two hours to detour; or the public-service workers who stayed up all night pumping out basements, evacuating houses, protecting structures and fiddling with dam releases; or the people who had to evacuate and are now staying in hotels, or imposing on friends and family.

Thank you all.

The good news is that it seems that the flood water have stopped rising and may be starting to recede. It's already gone way down on the AuSable River branches, but the Saranac River, with its enormous series of lakes impounding water upsteam, will probably take a while to drain.

Then there will be all the damage to account for and repair. Many hands may be needed for some time, it seems.

And they will be provided - they always are around here - and for that we are grateful.

When you feel overstressed or overburdened, think of the people in the South whose homes, businesses, family, friends and surroundings have been destroyed by tornados. Or think of countries torn by war. That perspective can help us get through this.

It would have been nice to invite everyone to take a well deserved break at Daffest, Saranac Lake's new spring party, but that had to be postponed two weeks because the security personnel are too busy with more important things. Well, how about all you hard workers come on out for then? By then we'll all be ready for a relaxing good time in a grateful community.



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