With an additional $1.4 million for tornado recovery, the town and county should be able to assist numerous families in the recovery from the April tornadoes that struck.
A snap of the finger, a rub of the nose or shout of hocus-pocus or abracadabra will not remove debris, trees and limbs, destroyed homes or other storm damage.
No magic potions or powder or other mumbo-jumbo strange language will restore damaged homes and property.
It takes time and human power and, with colder weather on the way with possibilities of falling weather in the form of bitter cold rain and snow, time is passing fast.
There are still homes in southwest Pulaski that need repairs, windows, roofs, siding, heating and utilities for comfort and convenience now and particularly as winter approaches.
People, businesses, civic groups, churches and church groups and others have been generous to the county with monetary gifts, supplies and labor.
To them, we are thankful. We are also thankful that Gov. Bob McDonnell and those who approve Community Block Development Block Grants saw fit to include Pulaski and Pulaski County in the funding.
The governor noted that the $1.4 million grant “will help provide much needed assistance to the uninsured and underinsured” affected by the April 8 tornadoes.
Detailed information on the funds and how it will impact the area can be found by contacting town and county officials.
More than likely all victims may not qualify for grant funds, but use diplomacy, with a good attitude when talking with those in charge, and listen.
It’s best not to approach those in charge with a “you owe me” attitude, yelling, making accusations and demands.
A soft, somber approach usually leads to a compromise and an agreed conclusion. Try it, you might like it and see how it works.