Volunteers saved the day in Jamestown
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