“Vermont Strong To The Core”
Ten Weeks Ago - Devastation / Today - Incredible Progress
By Dell Hill
weeks ago today (11/7/11) Tropical Storm Irene took a sharp turn out of
her predicted path and roared up through Western Massachusetts and the
entire length of Vermont. Approximately $1 Billion dollars in damage
resulted in Vermont alone!
written about this event several times because it’s a story about
horrible devastation to thousands of people’s homes and personal
property, as well as the fact that one of my family members was one of
those who “lost everything”. You can read those posts by clicking here and here.
I paid another visit to my niece and her family in Waterbury, Vermont
and - very honestly - I’m amazed at what they’ve accomplished.
the outset, they had no idea where they were going to be sleeping.
They’re home was flooded to within a foot of the ceilings and
everything was either gone or totally destroyed.
then the entire disaster became a challenge of the human spirit. This
is a native Vermont family and they accepted that challenge. Plans were
made, hundreds of phone calls exchanged, meetings with officials were
held, permits were obtained and just a short while later the first steps
were taken to “Beat Irene To A Pulp”.
(to prevent another such disaster) was completed. A foundation was
poured. They worked with building contractors of one kind or another
for hours on end. They even worked long after dark.
With staging and construction lights burning late into the night, the work goes on.
for a modest 1,400 square foot, three bedroom home were set into motion
and, as you can see, great progress is being made. Time is of the
essence because it’s already November and we’ve already seen some early
snow. The building must be closed in before Winter arrives in full
And they’re going to do it! They’re going to have their new home closed in and heated before the end of November.
As I drove up to the property today I couldn't help but notice the message these young folks want the world to know.
“Vermont Strong To The Core”
Here’s a better view of the front of the house.
These pictures were taken before the windows and doors were totally installed and the roof has since been shingled.
speaking of doors, a beautiful new main entry door arrived a few days
ago. Charley and Tina held a brief ceremony as Tina received the “keys
to her new home”.
Their hands reflect hundreds of hours of hard work, but this was a special moment for them both.
relief programs - along with private donations - have donated
approximately $1,000 toward their effort and they’re extremely grateful
to each and every person who has made contributions to help the
tired. Weary, really. It has been a long, tough row to hoe, but they
know what incredible strides they’ve made over the past ten weeks and
they won’t stop until the challenge is won.
It does an old man's heart good.