That's the good news. But there's more than enough bad to go around: The damage is extensive and the losses are, for many people, staggering.
Matthew may be history, but the storm's wreckage will be with us for a long, long time to come.
On Tuesday, there were more than 4,000
The storm was doubly devastating for many home and business owners who don't have flood insurance -- for some, because of its cost, and others who simply didn't believe they were susceptible to flooding. That's reasonable when you've been through years of heavy rainstorms and even hurricanes and never seen floodwaters anywhere near your property.
But thanks to the president's order designating this a disaster area, assistance is available from the
Others who may need more basic help can start by getting free drinking water at the
And for those who came through the storm relatively unscathed, take a moment to be thankful. And then it's time to step up and help neighbors who weren't so fortunate. The
Donations to food banks, the
And you may find places to help out in your own neighborhood, assisting the people around you who are cleaning up storm damage or salvaging belongings damaged by floodwaters.
This is one of those times when we take the measure of the quality of the community and how it responds to its residents when their needs are greatest. It's not just about the emergency responders or the government officials who do this as a part of their jobs. It's about all of us, and how well we take care of our neighbors. It's time to stand up and get it done.
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