Aug. 27—It's a sad irony that the first draft of history recorded
No such luck. Rather than dodge a metaphorical bullet, the area was devastated by a different sort of hazard. Laura made landfall a year ago in
And the hits just kept coming,
At another time and perhaps in a different place, these back to back to back to back disasters might have prompted Americans far and wide to rally on southwest
In a way, we get it. The disasters hit during a national pandemic and an all-consuming presidential contest, and had to compete for attention with other weather events that are becoming both more common and more extreme.
"There's a lot of Americans who don't have
Topping the list of needs is a supplemental congressional appropriation through the
It's not easy for people who pride themselves on being self-sufficient to ask for help, Hunter acknowledged, but the damage simply exceeds what local government, nonprofits and volunteers can fix.
"We don't have the boots or the bootstraps to pull ourselves up locally," he said.
Few communities would, if confronted by the same run of terrible events that
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