The hope of any citizenry is that in times of crisis, the people in positions to “serve, protect and defend” would do just that. Putting the oath into action was never more apparent than in the past week.
As the rain-swollen Ohio River spilled over its banks — a scenario repeated at creeks and lakes throughout Southern Indiana — dangerous flood waters overcame roadways and landmarks, and broke into peoples homes like a thief in the night.
The National Weather Service and local meteorologists had been sounding the alarm for days leading up to Saturday’s deluge of rain and storms. The American Red Cross made ready shelters where weary and worried evacuees could rest and remain safe.
Knowing the overnight hours Saturday into Sunday could present heightened danger as strong storms headed our way, Jeffersonville officials — those we selected to lead and the ones who chose to serve — set up a command center to enhance a coordinated response. They couldn’t stop the flood waters from rising, but they committed themselves to standing between residents and harm’s way.
It was an impressive show of integrity even as structures lost theirs to the ravaging water.
But the water will eventually recede, taking with it the tangible and leaving behind memories of the Flood of 2018 for us to share in our older incarnations. Let’s remember to talk about neighbors helping neighbors and when “serve, protect and defend” was embraced not just by the few, but by the many throughout the Ohio River Valley.
It has been an impressive flood response, one for which we are most grateful.
— The News and Tribune editorial board is comprised of Publisher Bill Hanson, Editor Susan Duncan, Assistant Editor Chris Morris, Assistant Editor Jason Thomas and Digital Editor Elizabeth DePompei.