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Bath thankful for support in wake of storm

5/22/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

In a time of crisis, it’s often people’s sense of community and spirit of cooperation that can carry them through the most difficult of times. This became evident on May 12, when a powerful line of thunderstorms passed through the area causing extensive damage and flooding in Bath Township. This was truly a moment of crisis that marshaled the efforts of many people who were forced to deal with the aftermath of the storms.

Bath was one of the areas hardest hit by the sudden, severe thunderstorms that impacted the entire region, causing road closures and flooding throughout the township. During this dark time, Bath residents came to appreciate the strong sense of pride and spirit of giving that define our community.

I witnessed firsthand the professionalism and commitment to serve of our township police, fire and service personnel as they worked tirelessly to maintain vital services in the township during this emergency. The customer service they provided was unparalleled, and they stepped up and met all challenges head-on. Flooded basements, driveway access, culverts swept away by raging waters, as well as gravel and trees carried onto the roadways are but a few examples of the ominous power of water with which these dedicated township employees assisted quickly and responsibly.

The Summit County Engineer’s Office also acted quickly to address issues arising on the county roads, and the Bath Service Department has been working hard to address concerns related to our township roads.

The storms that struck Bath and surrounding areas were nothing short of devastating. However, throughout the emergency situation, members of the community and our emergency responders worked hand-in-hand to remedy difficult situations. Of particular significance was the support offered by our neighboring communities. The Village of Richfield, the City of Fairlawn and Copley Township demonstrated a tremendous outpouring of support. Their offers of assistance reinforced the strong working relationships we have with our neighboring city and township partners to solve problems as a group.

A belief in spirited teamwork and a willingness to give where we live is what defines Bath Township. We greatly appreciate the efforts of so many, and thank you for your continued patience and understanding during the repair and cleanup efforts after these storms.

Vito Sinopoli, administrator, Bath Township

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