It seems with all our modern technology and the immediacy of today’s communications, we remain perpetually ill prepared for disasters. We plan as best we’re able, but nature is a fickle force and we are at its mercy.
For the last few days Cyclone Debbie has pounded eastern Australia causing unimaginable flooding in an area the size of Texas. Damage to towns, infrastructure, homes and crops will be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
“There is just so much debris floating around. It’s really hard to even assess how long it’s going to take to collect all of this rubbish,” Isaac Smith, mayor of hard hit Lismore said.
It is heart wrenching to see the after affects of disasters, the ruin can overwhelm our senses. But from every disaster comes those life affirming stories that give us hope. You know – those stories of selfless behavior, heroism and neighbors helping one another. This is one of those stories.