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Impressed by city’s response after bad storm

Published: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
(Philip Marruffo/pmarruffo@saukvalley.com)
Two vehicles sit beneath a fallen tree on 11th Avenue in Rock Falls Monday afternoon. A powerful storm blew through the Sauk Valley, knocking down trees and knocking out electrical service for thousands.

Everyone took notice of the high temps and the power outage that happened in our community this week. Facebook was full of posts, and it seemed like it was all that anyone could talk about.

Trees down, debris, trampolines blown around like leaves, and yes, it sure was hot AND humid.

I saw power lines entangled and wrapped up in fences and trees everywhere. When I saw the mess, I automatically expected that getting electrical service restored would take a while – a long while.

I was very impressed with the work of the Electric Department and other city workers who responded to the power outage in Rock Falls. Workers were on the scene immediately, ensuring public safety and working to get power back on.

That takes forethought, teamwork, dedication, and determination.

It takes people motivated by more than just a paycheck, but rather concern for their neighbors and the people they serve.

I know everyone who lost their electricity was inconvenienced and had to adjust their lives. These workers were out there in the heat, in the dark, late at night, after having already worked a full day, working in dangerous situations in order to restore our comfort. They were missing time with their families, making sacrifices, and doing great work.

I was also greatly impressed by neighbors helping neighbors. People were working together to clean up yards, checking on each other, and spending time out and about talking.

I am thankful to live here and thankful for the efforts of the people who make it a great place to live.

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