Snowstorms bring out the best in our community
As these words get typed, snow is falling at an incredible rate in Crook County — and just about everywhere else in Central Oregon and much of the state. It covers what is nearing one foot of snow that fell almost entirely overnight.
Also, as typical newspaper activity goes on around our little building on Main Street, a glance out the window in any direction reveals people on tractors or other snow removal machinery clearing parking lots and roads. They join city and county road crews who undoubtedly didn't sleep a wink and won't until a new crew of workers steps in to take their place. Neighbors with snow blowers and snow shovels could be spotted clearing not only their driveways and sidewalks but those of their neighbors.
And while information on any vehicle accidents will be limited to what can be heard on the scanner, it is safe to assume that law enforcement and emergency personnel will have a very busy day as they respond to numerous crashes.
Late February 2019 might very well be remembered as Snowpacalypse 2019 in Crook County, and while people will most likely look back on this snow event with amazing reverence — or complete disdain — for Mother Nature, there is something else worth noting. In times like these, people in this community really shine.
Snowstorms famously shut down towns in the Willamette Valley. Sure the schools and state agencies closed, but some businesses — ours included — still managed to keep the doors open. This would be difficult, if not impossible, without the help of many.
Those who drive the snow plows deserve a huge thank you as do any businesses who committed their snow removal equipment to helping other businesses stay open. Likewise, those good neighbors who sacrificed the comfort of a heated home and a warm cup of coffee to dig out the driveways and sidewalks of fellow residents should be given our gratitude. And thanks as always to the emergency services folks who come to the rescue when Mother Nature makes things go sideways for others.
Snowstorms like these are a challenge no matter how equipped a community is to face them. Fortunately, a lot of people stepped up and helped take care of people and keep this community running as well as possible. They deserve whatever gratitude we can give them.