Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

November 6, 2012

Teamwork, planning helped borough prepare for storm

As superstorm Sandy entered our region last week, we all knew that we would be witnessing an unprecedented storm. The effect upon Hyndman Borough was simply an unprecedented rise in the water height of Will’s Creek.

While I knew that the areas of town protected by the levee were safe for some time, I could not be certain of the unprotected areas. For this reason, it was imperative that I call an evacuation for Hyndman Borough residents residing east of the railroad.

Hyndman Borough has a plan for such an event. This plan was reviewed by council members, borough employees, Londonderry Township officials, firefighters, and EMS members prior to the storm.

When I called the evacuation, the plan went into action and was followed through thoroughly.

For this, I have many people to thank: Our Emergency Management Coordinator — Denny Jamison; Hyndman Borough and Hyndman Municipal Authority Employees — Baron Leap, Sharon Shaffer, Faith Horner, and Dale Diehl; Todd Rizer, Borough Council President, and the Hyndman Borough councilpersons; all members of the Hyndman Rescue Squad and Hyndman Volunteer Fire Department; the Hyndman Borough flood fighters; Londonderry Township Supervisors; Mike Long; those who set up and ran the shelters at the Londonderry Township building, the Hyndman Grange, and HOPE for Hyndman Charter School; Malynda Mauer and school employees; Ken and Sue Shoup; and finally, the residents of Hyndman for responding quickly and orderly.

The call of teamwork, hard work, and persistence continues to be the theme of the Hyndman area. I applaud all those who have answered the call, continually strengthening our community.

Travis Leap, mayor

Hyndman, Pa., Borough

 

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