Our View: Citizens’ impact after last week’s storm
by Daily Mountain Eagle
Mar 24, 2013 | 780 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With storms damaging many parts of Walker County last week, area citizens stepped up to help city and county workers to remove debris from roadways and assist their neighbors in need.

Jasper Public Works Director Joe Matthews said the work of residents was key in clearing roads Monday night.

“I appreciate the area citizens who came out Monday night to help clear the roads,” Matthews said. “If they hadn’t been there, we couldn’t have gotten the roads cleared as fast as we did.”

District 1 Commissioner Keith Davis said on his Facebook page the work by citizens last week made him proud to live in Walker County.

“Reminded this week why I choose to live in Walker County – Neighbors, friends and strangers helping each other in need. Great job folks,” he said in a post.

Empire resident Damon Owens spent time Tuesday helping friends and neighbors to clear debris from their homes. He said it was the least he could do.

“I saw a friend needed help on Facebook, and I was already off work today,” he said. “Why wouldn’t I come help out?”

Why wouldn’t we help each other?

That’s what makes Walker County. Despite any differences, folks in Walker County are always there when neighbors are in need. When storms devastated the area in April 2011, it was county citizens who were on the front lines to help others pick up the pieces. Last week was a similar sight. It was the people of our county who stepped up first, helping others and providing relief for county and city workers who couldn’t be in every area all the time.

The Daily Mountain Eagle agrees with Commissioner Davis — Great job folks!

- Daily Mountain Eagle