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When the Going Gets Tough, Everyone in City of Fountain Comes Together

 

Imagine if you will, you're on a family vacation sitting on a cruise ship somewhere off the coast of Alaska and you have been out of touch with things going on at home. Then in the middle of the night you start getting alarms from your home security that someone is trying to break into your home. Of course the worst comes to mind and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. Well, this happened to me last Wednesday morning right around 2 a.m. Fountain time. However and unbeknownst to me, my house wasn't being robbed but our quiet little city was actually being hammered by Mother Nature and that call from my alarm company was the effects of all that baseball sized hail hitting my home.

Still not fully understanding what was happening, I was finally able to get some answers through a few texts from my friend who was taking care of our dogs and she said it was bad, but we wouldn't know anything until the next morning. So while I was relieved someone wasn't breaking into my house, the concern quickly went to what kind of damage was being sustained back home.

My biggest fear at that time was, what kind of damage was actually happening, to my home, to my truck, to my neighbors and for that matter the rest of the city? How much of the city was getting hit, was it just a few neighborhoods, all of them, or was it the entire valley? So many questions, but it was the middle of the night and I was over 2,000 miles away.

The biggest questions that were raised for me were, what does the damage look like? How bad was the city as an organization hit? And, were we going to be able to provide basic services? Most importantly of course, is everyone safe?

Fast forward a few hours, I was again able to get some more text messages to the city manager as well as some others and they said the damage was pretty bad, but people were already moving and beginning the long process of fixing the issues.

Over the course of the next few days I was relieved to know that everyone stepped up. I'm just not talking about certain groups like the city staff or council, I'm talking about every citizen who was affected by this. Once I got into an area I was able to get some service for my cell phone, I heard more about how neighbors were helping neighbors and everyone was chipping in. So many lent a hand, even if they were dealing with their own problems. When the going gets tough the tough get going, and you all showed how tough and close a community we really are.

Now that I am back and am able to see the destruction for myself, I want to thank everyone who stepped in to help another out. In this day and age of when everyone is looking for a bone to pick, looking for all the negatives and looking for a reason to decry progress, this happened. This was a breath of fresh air and you all stood up and made sure you were going to be a part of the solution, not the problem.

One other Thank You I would like to send out is to the insurance companies who came out and set up shop right here in Fountain. I've heard of this in other communities when other disasters have hit and when I saw posts on Facebook showing three companies already set up and taking claims as early as Thursday I was happy to know our citizens wouldn't have to go far to get their stuff taken care of. So to USAA, All State and State Farm, thank you for such a quick response. If I am missing any others or if you've had adjusters out right away trying to help our citizens put their lives back together, please know you are just as appreciated. I have no doubt at all we will get through this challenge and restore Fountain, and do it in a way that shows exactly why we are the All America hometown we are.

 

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