By Chloe Voss
Relative calm has descended on the courthouse as those remaining inside under temporary shelter steel themselves to return to their lives. For some the return will be accompanied by feelings of fortune as loved ones and property are found and secured. Others are not so fortunate in the passing of hurricane Hayden, having lost significantly on personal levels.
During the morning of the aftermath, immediately following the departure of the storm, this reporter had the privilege of meeting one such individual- Charlotte Springer, formerly of Indian Trail.
The storm has cost Ms. Springer dearly, her house taken by Hayden to the bottom of the cliffs it once overlooked. Still Ms. Springer’s attitude was one of stoicism and she lamented not the loss of possessions but the indignity of the storm’s violence upon our fair town.
Ms. Springer’s words were of praise for the emergency and rescue services that worked tirelessly throughout the disaster, sharing the story of those she witnessed trying to save the life of a man whose limb had been impaled by the branches of a splintered tree.
In Ms. Springer’s own words, “I would say thank you, if I could, to all of the police and fire and medical teams, and the civil engineers who worked so hard, and at great peril, in search and rescue. We need them… and to the wonderful volunteers of course, my eternal gratitude."
Indeed, there are many individuals in our city who shares Ms. Springer’s sentiments and gratitude for the selfless and exhaustive efforts of those that have worked throughout this crisis.