2010-04-01 / Editorial

Volunteers saved the day in Jamestown

• EDITORIAL •

Police and town public works crews were busy Tuesday monitoring flooded roadways in Jamestown. North Main Road was closed for most of the day. Photo by Jeff McDonough Police and town public works crews were busy Tuesday monitoring flooded roadways in Jamestown. North Main Road was closed for most of the day. Photo by Jeff McDonough Call this week’s spring storm what you will, it was major and memorable – just ask all those folks with the flooded basements and washed-out driveways.

The weather prognosticators say the storm was a 100-year event. Homes built in the early 1900s that never had a wet basement experienced flooding for the first time.

More than eight inches of rain fell on Jamestown during two days, adding to the already super-saturated ground. Jamestown’s finest – the firefighters, police and public works staff – went into action and answered the call when needed.

As the police and public works crews responded to the flooded roadways, the firefighters tackled the flooded basements. More than 200 island homes had basements that were awash. Volunteer firefighters manned the pumps, hauled hoses and generally did what needed to be done.

These volunteer firefighters worked around the clock to pump out islanders’ flooded basements. It is important to remember that these folks are volunteers. They deserve our heartfelt thanks for a job well done.

We were fortunate here in Jamestown. The flooding around the state caused catastrophic damage to the infrastructures, with many roads and bridges washed away.

— Jeff McDonough

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