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 The Lochland Times, Edition 34: Emergency Paper
Lochland Grove Admins
 Posted: Jun 15 2018, 02:29 PM
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The Lochland Times
No. 34Lochland's Most Reliable NewsJune 2018
Raising Hope for Refugees
Lochland Emergency Report
Lochland Grove may be in the midst of cleaning up after a hurricane, but many residents have already turned their attention to those less fortunate.

Early last night a group of concerned citizens marched on Town Hall after listening to a radio announcement about the desolation of Hurricane Caroline. The broadcast in question highlighted a small town in Rhode Island by the name of Thurmond that was washed away in a flood. A levee had broken, giving little time for the residents to begin their escape. Some were wounded, some are still missing, and many are without a place to go. The similarity to

the flood that happened in Mariet Louisiana was enough to spurn several from their homes. Many were survivors from 2014. They remember the hardship and pleaded with Mayor Lochland to act as he had before. A council meeting was called immediately. This morning, buses were dispatched to move Thurmond citizens to Lochland. If you or anyone you know would like to help assist with providing for these people, please stop by Town Hall to sign up. The Times has been given a vague idea of what accommodations will be provided. Like the 2014 flood, it is likely that the hotel and apartment complexes will be opening their doors to visiting refugees. While it may seem helpful to travel on your own to help Thurmond, the council asks that you do not. Showing up at communities that have been impacted by a Hurricane can create an additional burden for first responders. Many situations require professionals and not volunteers.

If you are unable to help in Lochland, donations are always appreciated. Please contact Town Hall for more information. Already people are standing by to make this terrible experience as painless as possible. Tragedy can be tough, but it is important to continue to lean on the community’s unity. We are all in this together.

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Lochland Grove Admins
 Posted: Jun 15 2018, 02:32 PM
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The Lochland Times
No. 34Lochland's Most Reliable NewsJune 2018
The State of Things
Lochland Emergency Report
Lochland's latest 'celebrity' sighting came in the form of Hurricane Caroline. With all of the north-eastern states watching the storm's movements, it is quite clear that she meant to leave a big impression on us all. We would say that she definitely succeeded too. While our fair town did not see the brunt of the storm we are surely feeling the wrath of the storm with some local damage.

In the grand scheme of things, the town faired rather well since we only experienced the outer tendrils of the hurricane but we are still seeing some damage. The most common issue that locals are looking at having to clean or repair has come from hail. Many of the building's roofs are going to need patched or re-shingled and several--

residents are driving around with dents marring the bodies of their vehicles. Of course, we all know just how fragile glass is and having to replace panes or even entire windows have been reported as well but we were fortunate enough to have the local church's artfully decorated stained glass still intact.

Aside from the damage to local property, we have seen several trees downed in the area. Emergency responders are working to get these cleared as soon as possible so that the roadways are useable again but the priority goes to those that had toppled into the power lines. There are minimal buildings without power and they are expected to have electricity restored by the end of the day if all goes as planned.

Puddles of standing water are prevalent in some areas around town but they are easy enough to avoid. If you do find yourself needing to drive through a portion of flooded roadway remember the basics. Keep a steady speed, if you have to break you risk flooding your exhaust so keep your foot on the gas at a slow pace. Do not drive through water that you cannot see the bottom of. Be calm, there is nothing more dangerous than driving in a panic. If you do not feel comfortable going through the water there is always the option to find another path.

Volunteers for helping clean the cosmetic debris have been scheduled to meet near the entrance to Unity Park for the next several mornings at 9:00 am sharp.

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Lochland Grove Admins
 Posted: Jun 15 2018, 02:34 PM
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The Lochland Times
No. 34Lochland's Most Reliable NewsJune 2018
Mayor opens town to new Rhode Island flood survivors.
Lochland Emergency Report
In 2014 a Lochland Councilman’s son witnessed tragedy; Mariet Louisiana was swallowed up in the flood waters of a broken levee. Many were evacuated with nowhere to go. At the time the state struggled with other emergency relief projects, and little money to go around. ”These people need help, and I can not sit by and do nothing. I’m just a college student, but I know people who can help. I grew up in a good community.” The young man admitted to the times, asking to remain anonymous. ”I called my parents, and before I knew it I was driving inside a caravan of refugees heading home. It was a crazy experience, but it was one I could never regret.” Last night those refugees marched into Town Hall to offer their own proposal; Helping yet another town.

A day and a half ago Hurricane Caroline moved inland, ravaging the New England area in high winds, hail, and flooding. Lochland Grove was left without power but has managed to remain in better shape than surrounding communities. Thurmond, a small town in Rhode Island, was decimated when a levee broke during the violent storm. Facing a similar fate to the flood survivors of 2014 may be what spurned the march to town hall. Lochland Grove’s charitable nature put it on the National radar 4 years ago. Stated one Flood survivor. ”They have put aside money for emergency relief just recently. Now is the time to use it. “

The town council was unavailable for an interview, but -

- Mayor Lochland made it clear that he has every intention of listening to the town’s citizens. He has asked the Lochland Times to help spread the news, now that the power has returned. ”We can not sit back and watch. We couldn’t in 2014, we will not now. This town has come far from being a logging town or even a tourist town. We have developed a generosity that has created an amazing community. One that will try hard to welcome these poor people. This starts now.”

As clean up continues, there is already a strong movement in play. Housing, food, and clothes are needed for those seeking a safe place to stay. The Times hopes that everyone steps forward to make their stay here a pleasant one.

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Lochland Grove Admins
 Posted: Jun 15 2018, 02:35 PM
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The Lochland Times
No. 34Lochland's Most Reliable NewsJune 2018
After the Storm
Lochland Emergency Report
After disaster strikes, there can be a heap of questions swirling about in the chaos of everything else. The last thing anyone needs in times like these is to have to worry about finding the right steps to take after a devastating storm. Don’t worry, we’ve done the legwork to make things a bit easier for everyone.

First and foremost, you should keep an eye or ear on the news for any weather updates that may inflict further damage. This is also a good way to keep up with what local authorities are saying and doing. Some buildings and structures might have foundational damage so make sure that any area you--

enter has been deemed safe by the proper authorities. Make sure to pay attention to road signs or anyone directing traffic as some roads or areas may be blocked, flooded, or in need of repair.

Beyond that, it is a good idea to notify any long distance family that you’re alright. Get pictures and make an organized list of any damage to your property, this will make it easier to relay to your insurance adjuster when you get in touch with them. Pictures of the areas in need of repair are recommended as well. Once you have your list and your pictures you should take precautions to avoid further damage to your property--

that may not be covered by insurance for occurring after the storm.

Lastly, we want to remind citizens that water can be dangerous. Do not move through standing or moving water if you cannot see the bottom. After a storm, collected water can easily be electrified by power lines that might have been damaged in the storm. Just six inches of moving water can push a human and a foot of it can carry a vehicle away.

If you have any other questions in regards to what to do you can call the non-emergency line for information. Stay safe, Lochland!

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Lochland Grove Admins
 Posted: Jun 15 2018, 03:21 PM
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DISCLAIMER

We at the Lochland Times hope that everyone remains safe. We would like to apologize ahead of time for any errors, grammatical or otherwise, in this edition. It was written as quickly as possible in hopes of helping Lochland Grove in its time of need.

We thank all of our staff for working tirelessly to make this paper happen. Despite the hardships they are currently facing.

Stay Safe, Lochland.

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