Editorial: Snow Samaritans

February 21, 2014 

For many, snow is the highlight of a long, dark, dreary winter. But for others, it can be a mess that causes more headaches than it’s worth. Fortunately, eastern Wake County is home to plenty of people willing to lend a hand.

Plenty of hands were needed last week when the quick-arriving snowstorm blanketed roads and streets in a matter of just a few minutes. In Knightdale, nameless, faceless people answered the calls for help and worked to free drivers stranded by the snow. That kind of helping-hand attitude ensured that people would be able to reach the safety of their home and the security of familiar surroundings.

For those who have lived in the Triangle for a few years now, the memories of the 2005 ice storm that left school children stuck overnight in their classrooms and adults stranded along the region’s biggest roadways, came rushing back. Last week’s storm wasn’t quite that bad, though it shared some common traits with that landmark storm.

Both storms happened during the day, while people were at work. That meant rush hour occurred early as everyone tried to leave work at roughly the same time, clogging roads and making travel that much more difficult even in goood weather. But last week’s storm was made of snow, more than ice and the carnage wasn’t as bad as it was in 2005.

It also helped, of course, that people were working to give each other a hand. Similar stories have been repeated in other parts of the Triangle. In Durham, a neighborhood listserve called on residents to help struggling motorists. In Knightdale, the town created a Twitter hashtag to reach out to those willing to lend a hand.

And Knightdale residents responded. How cool is that?

We realize there are communities in this country where that kind of spirit of selflessness just doesn’t exist and it’s every man, woman and child for themself.

We add that kind of helpful spirit to the long list of reasons we are proud to call eastern Wake County home.

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