By Zach Spadt
Pine Bluffs Post 

Reporter refects on storm

 


During the short time I have been a reporter, I’ve been assigned to cover developing news events involving unthinkable losses. I’ve covered structure fires, the town of Ten Sleep losing its firehall, and other events I could never imagine experiencing.

I am also no stranger to watching people come together to help each other out in a time of need — but I have never been directly impacted myself.

Always just an observer.

That changed last Wednesday when the storm hit.

I was just sitting down to eat dinner when the hailstones began hitting my living room windows. I grabbed my dinner, went to my closet and took shelter until it blew over.

I walked out to the same scene in my home that darn near every one of us saw.

As soon as it was over, I grabbed my camera, put my reporter hat on and went to work. I was blown away by the destruction that lay all over town.

But as cleanup efforts began Wednesday night and continued into the weekend, I witnessed something far more powerful than the storm: People from Pine Bluffs and surrounding areas coming together to lend a hand. I can’t begin to count the number of people who checked to see if I had a place to stay — and I’m the new guy in town.


In this week’s issue issue, readers will find our coverage of the storm and cleanup efforts, but I don’t think that’s the biggest story to come out of last week. No, the biggest story is the community coming together to help each other out.

Every time I went to the command center at the firehall, I was blown away by the long lines of volunteers, some who call Pine home, others who know very few people who live here. Seeing that, I was reminded of why I am so proud to call Wyoming home. I was reminded of why I’m come to love living in Pine Bluffs a little more each day.

Words cannot do it justice.

Several friends around town reported coming home to find their windows already boarded up. They still don’t know who did that for them, just that it could just as easily have been someone from out-of-town they had never met, or their next door neighbor.

As the initial shock from the storm wore off, people began approaching me not to discuss the devastation from the storm, but how blown away at the outpouring of support they witnessed from their neighbors. In Wyoming, we all know the running joke is that everyone is everybody’s neighbor, but there is a lot of truth to that.

The town of Pine Bluffs proved that last week.

 

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