On Sunday, May 27th, the 2nd 1000-year storm hit in less than two years in the Ellicott City and surrounding areas. First and foremost, I would like to honor the memory of the National Guardsman Eddison Hermon who gave his life to help a total stranger. I hope his memory as a loving, caring, brave soul who valued life never be forgotten. Our deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to his family & friends.
This disaster has destroyed people’s lives for the 2nd time in less than 2 years. Most of the businesses on main street have just recently opened, much of them not receiving insurance benefits or aid. They borrowed, cashed in, did whatever it took to rebuild to try to start their lives again just to have them washed away again. Much of the surrounding area has been affected as well. During this time, it’s important that we support the community and our people, it’s very emotionally, physically, and spiritually difficult to keep getting knocked down and trying to get up, when you don’t see an end in sight. Even if you can’t give financially to some of the groups trying to help, if you know someone in this area, just checking in with them to see if they’re alright makes a big difference. Most people have heard from friends and family all over the country as it went national news. Some have not heard from people because they don’t know what to say, I am not telling people how to behave, I am just telling you how much these people need your help and just a call, text, email or whatever makes a difference.
All of us here at Oak Tree support all the people affected by this disaster in any way we can if possible. We hope we can all get our lives back together to restore some type of normalcy. We are not just supporters, we are residents, we live on New Cut Road, which has always been labeled the scenic route to historic Ellicott City – the beauty has been destroyed by the devastation. We have lost bridges, driveways, trees uprooted, and damage to our property and home. Two of our families cannot access their homes. After no insurance aid the last time or funding from anyone we have lost it all again for the 2nd time in less than 2 years, most of us can’t wrap our heads around the devastation and don’t know how to start again after putting everything in the last time.
That’s how I know that just a “how are you doing” goes a long way. Please support your community in any way you can.
Oak Tree Furniture and resident of Ellicott City