As light snow and sleet falls on this mid-January day the precipitation brings back memories of the recent 2012 Christmas Day snow blizzard.
After a few weeks some of us have forgotten the massive inconvenience caused, mostly by downed power lines and the subsequent loss of electricity.
Some of us even speak fondly about the Christmas bonding experience with family and friends after the batteries on the smart phones and gaming systems depleted.
For many an expensive generator powered essential can’t live without items and sales have been brisk at the big box hardware stores during and since those outages.
Many Maumelle residents are still scratching their heads trying to figure out how a city with an underground electrical system could be so impacted by such weather.
Entergy officials note the power gets to Maumelle in the normal distribution system which translates into exposed power lines and poles exposed to the elements.
It took an army of thousands of repairmen and women shipped in from around the country to help restore power lines and replace broken power poles as soon as they could.
They do yeoman’s work and we all ought to be grateful to them.
But there’s a much smaller Army here in Maumelle trying to clean up, pick up and dispose of the remnants of that storm.
Maumelle’s public works staff didn’t just work during the Holiday season to clean things up.
In fact, public works director Robert Cogdell said they are only currently about halfway through their monumental job.
Cogdell and others note that Christmas Day blizzard was the most unusual snow many of us old-timers have ever seen. The snow stuck to trees and buildings like heavy ice which resulted in the massive accumulation on trees, power lines and everything outside.
The result accentuated by winds of 30 mph and greater led to more massive destruction of trees, tree limbs and bushes around the city with trees even falling on some homes.
But these tireless workers not only deserve our thanks but our assistance where possible and a little expression of the southern hospitality we’ve become known for.
Take the time to say thank you to those workers even if you don’t offer them a hot cup of coffee or a snack.
And be grateful we live in a city like Maumelle where good people are willing to work these tough jobs.
Today marks the 22nd consecutive day most of these hard workers have worked to remove debris from your streets, gutters, yards, ditches and everywhere else.
Clearly we owe these men and women a heartfelt expression of gratitude for what they’ve done and what they have left to do.
Cogdell said the city has obtained a permit to burn much of the debris in place which will prevent hauling it twice.
But if you want to get a glimpse of what’s involved, drive down Hyman Drive and take a look at the huge mountain of debris and the many much smaller ones surrounding it.
We pride ourselves on how Maumelle looks but without these folks, Maumelle would be a mess.
So please take just a minute to tell Robert and all his city employees thanks for the hard work.