Have patience

Published 10:51 pm Thursday, September 30, 2004

By Staff
Our View
As we take our first steps down the road to what most of us would call a normal life, let us all take a moment to realize most things don't happen overnight.
It will likely be a long time before our town and surrounding areas are fully repaired and functioning. There will be many more days of seeing debris piled up waiting for crews to take it away.
But, it will happen. We've been on the path back since the day after Ivan struck this area. Crews have worked around the clock to restore power, and most of us, with the exception of a few isolated home have power restored.
Water service is, and in many cases has been, working well since the storm.
Though Hurricane Ivan did its damage overnight, it will be many nights before our town has recovered.
In many ways, it will never be the same. You can't replace 100-year-old oak trees, and some homes will be beyond repair.
But we have much to be thankful for. We are not suffering the way other people suffer around the world. And when we have reached that point of recovery, our lives here will be far better than the lives many people could ever hope to achieve.
Ice, water, meals and funds have flooded into this town through the generosity of people from around the country.
But we seem to be running out of a commodity only we can provide, patience. We must all remember to have patience as this process continues.

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