2012-03-24 / Editorials & Letters

A big THANKS for flood help

Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to say a big “THANK YOU” to the residents of Hebron and the many individuals, businesses, local governmental agencies and local churches who provided so much help to our community as we addressed the damages following the torrential downpour that occurred last Thursday. It is my understanding that 4.06 inches of rain fell on the Hebron community in just two hours!! There is no way I can thank everyone personally (I am sure there were so many that I am not even aware of), however, it is important to at least recognize those who I have been made aware of that provided assistance.

Thank you to ALL of the residents who really came together to help their neighbors and perhaps those they might not have known prior to the event. EVERY resident is to be commended for their patience and understanding during this difficult and very stressful period. I know many homeowners and businesses suffered significant damage; please know you are in my prayers. Thanks to the many folks who live outside of the Hebron corporation limits, but didn’t let that hamper them when it came to lending a helping hand to family and friends who reside inside the corporate boundaries.

I would like to identify, in no particular order, and with no greater appreciation for one over the other, the following that provided assistance: The many kind residents of this great community, Hebron Fire Department employees, Licking County Dive Team, Heath Fire Department, Licking Township Fire Company, Madison Township Fire Department, Hanover Fire Department, Millersport Fire Department and West Licking Joint Fire District who sent first responders and boats to assist; Hebron Police Department employees, Hebron Public Works employees, office staff at Hebron Municipal Complex, Hebron Community Development Coordinator, Big-O Refuse, Union Township Trustees and road maintenance crews, Licking Township Trustees and road maintenance crews, Village of Buckeye Lake and the Buckeye Lake Street Department employees, Buckeye Lake Police Chief Ron Small, Sheriff Randy Thorp and the Licking County Sheriff Office deputies, Licking County 9-1-1 and Dispatch Supervisor

Kevin Carver, Jeff Walker, Director of Licking County EMA/Homeland Security and staff, Lori Dixon, Director of Licking County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and the many CERT volunteers; Rose Mason, Mobile Power Wash, Hebron Park National Bank, Hebron Kroger, Bowman Goodyear, Lakewood Schools Superintendent Jay Gault and Director of Pupil Services Arnie Ettenhofer, the entire staff at Hebron Elementary School, the awesome residents who worked tirelessly throughout the days following the rain, Buckeye Outdoors, Pastor Brian Harkness and members of the Hebron United Methodist Church, Pastor Nik Donges and members of the Hebron Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Pastor Bob Beyers and members of the Jacksontown United Methodist Church, Rev. Kevin Blade and members of the Buckeye Lake First Community Church, Hebron Food Pantry, State Senator Schaffer and State Representative Hayes, Hebron Duke and Duchess, members of Hebron Village Council, Rod Cook, Director of American Red Cross Licking County Chapter and the many Red Cross volunteers, Ours Garage and Wrecker Service.

I hesitate to name individuals, but I have been asked by our Public Works Superintendent “Rookie” Nauer, (who led the charge to clean up the damaged property) to identify Ray Hommon and Dan Carbaugh. To Patty Mason who assisted in getting the staff and equipment from MPW who were out in full force early Sunday morning. Again, I know I have said this before, but I have to say thank you to the many residents who helped and especially to so many who were affected; yet were true champions in doing what was necessary to help make a bad situation better.

A relief fund has been established at the Hebron Branch of Park National Bank to assist folks with some necessary expenses. A special thanks to the many anonymous donors. If you are interested there is still time to make your tax deductible contribution. I continue to be honored to serve this GREAT community we are so fortunate to call home. I apologize if I missed someone, but please accept this THANK YOU to all who helped.

Clifford L. Mason
Hebron Mayor

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