To The Herald-Whig:
I'm a resident of Quincy, on the South side near the Hy-Vee on Harrison.
Last week's wind storm was one of the most terrifying experiences a lot of us have had. People lost roofs, parts of their homes, vehicles, trees, power, and so much more. However, the way this community responded to the storm and the devastation it left in it's wake was astounding.
My mother sustained massive downed limbs in her yard. As we were contemplating how to remove one rather large limb with no electricity to use the chain saw, an Emergency Response Team pulled up at my neighbors house. Not only did this team cut the limb up into extremely manageable pieces, they helped us haul it to the front. I do not remember the church they were from but they were absolutely wonderful.
The next day, we were still without power and making do. Wright's Tree Service came into the neighborhood around 8 p.m. looking for trees on wires. They discovered them in my mother's backyard and were out there until almost 10 p.m. removing the limbs. They were in the trees, in the dark with nothing but flashlights to see. It was amazing, and we found out that these men were working 14-hour days removing debris so that power could be restored. They were exhausted, sore and still working hard. Ameren came Wednesday morning and restored our power, much to our delight.
I would like to extend my thanks to the men and women who were working diligently to restore power to us, the emergency response teams who seemed to come to help at the exact right time, the neighborhoods who pulled together and everyone that stayed positive throughout the entire miserable ordeal. My thanks also go out to the businesses that were able to stay open and provide us with food and drink when we lost everything in our refrigerators and kept the shelves stocked to the best of their ability with bottled water for those who lost that also.
It was wildly inconvenient and miserable for a few days, but through that I saw a community pull together and hold each other up. Thank you, Quincy, for pulling together, helping each other out and making us feel secure, even when our neighborhoods were pitch black.