Letter: Many people to thank after flood

“Thank you” doesn’t begin to cover the deep appreciation felt for the amazing efforts to protect our city from the flood of 2016. It was truly gratifying to see our Mayor, City Manager, City and County Department heads and Public Safety Officials come together to provide calm and strong leadership during this crisis. Frequent and planned updates kept us all informed. A huge “Thank you” to our city, utilities and county employees for your tireless efforts to keep us safe. Thank you to our United Way group and their “211” volunteer coordination program. Having a central point to check in and match needs with resources was huge. Our school administrators’ decision to cancel schools allowed area students to be a part of the solution; so many young people helped in the sandbagging and other volunteer efforts. To all of the employees asked to work “off-site”, you made it work! You conducted yourselves with professionalism and continued to be available for your clients throughout the week. To all the citizens who respected the need for curfews, responded to the calls for supplies for shelters, or offered your time in support of flood protection efforts, thank you.

We should perhaps take a moment, and be very grateful for each other, and recognize the amazing efforts and compassion shown during this difficult time. This level of community support doesn’t just happen, and it doesn’t happen everywhere. Thank you, Cedar Rapids! I am so grateful and proud to call you my home!

Kate Varcoe

Cedar Rapids

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