Community works together in face of destructive weekend storm
By Joe Bachman
Hours after storms ravaged Portage County, resulting in massive power outages, structural damage, and downed trees, one facet stayed well intact — the act of kindness.
Throughout the storms, Facebook was flooded with photos of the damage and calls for help, as thousands were left without power. However, as the damage was shared, and word was spread of the destruction, many throughout the community offered their help.
Local businesses Lineage Logistics offered cooler and freezer space, and The Bottle Stop offered free ice while supplies lasted. Adventure 212 and the YMCA opened up their facilities for those in need of showers.
Furthermore, acts of kindness was seen throughout the community in the following day, as residents — some complete strangers — have offered their time and equipment to help others clean up debris and fallen trees. Social media was inundated with postings of friends welcoming any and all to their homes with food, electricity, and water.
This is what Stevens Point — and America — is all about. Welcoming and helping others in times of need.
Mayor Mike Wiza added his own comments to the continued generosity of the community early in the week.
“WPS crews, City personnel, Emergency Services were all out helping to ensure public safety,” said Wiza. “Hats off to them. What is particularly impressive is the generosity of this community. Businesses and residents alike were helping each other. I am so very proud to live in this community. These people are inspiring!”
Booker T. Washington once stated: “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”
This was our community over this brutal weekend, and the place we call home; Portage County, is now that much stronger for getting through it together.