Sarah’s Snippets – 4/26/2016
The following article was taken from an April 22, 2016 blog post by Max Finberg, National Director of Americorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) in the Huffington Post. Our outstanding VISTA members continue to provide much needed services to the Schoharie Creek basin as we move forward together toward renewal and vitality. The VISTAs’ excellent contributions have added greatly to SALT’s positive impact in the last 4 ½ years and have earned us national recognition, once again. We continue to be thankful for their work and impressed by their commitment to our community.
Five years ago, my hometown of Margaretville in Upstate New York was flooded. Record rain from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee resulted in severe damage in the Delaware River and Schoharie Creek basins and throughout the Catskill Mountains. Our small main street was inundated with five feet of water. Plastic-wrapped hay bales looked like marshmallows in a torrent of hot chocolate.
Our only grocery store was destroyed.
As a region that was already struggling economically, this was particularly devastating.
The community responded by creating, Schoharie Area Long Term (SALT) disaster recovery coalition, formed just down the road where my friend’s fifth generation farm was flooded. SALT is comprised of government agencies, businesses, faith-based organizations, and other nonprofit community organizations. Their role is to provide resources for healing and recovery.