Lumberland pulls together through Sandy
“I got to tell you, we had a ball. A lot of people came over because they knew we had food. There was a warm feeling at the fire house. It was almost like a party,” Steimle recalled.
With power, light and heat restored in Lumberland, the community is now looking to help others affected by the storm. Town clerk Virginia Horn is accepting donations of soap, towels, bedding, shampoo, cleaning supplies and gloves as the most needed items. The municipal building is serving as the drop-off point.
In the aftermath, the town is also looking ahead to future weather emergencies likely to be triggered by climate change, as discussed by New York’s Governor Cuomo in an article he penned for the New York Daily News. Currently, the town is compiling a list of seniors as well as people with medical needs. A new emergency generator will be delivered in April.
“It’s such a wonderful feeling to know that people are worried about you,” one older local citizen said.
Although no one knows when the next crisis may be, or how novel weather changes may further affect this region, Rajsz reported that a snow and ice watch is projected for 12 a.m. on November 17. “I can’t believe that we are in that part of the season already,” she said.