EDITORIAL: Bailey again drives relief
Thumbs up: West Manchester Township-based Bailey Coach is again driving local relief efforts for hurricane victims.
The transportation company collected nearly three busloads of donated supplies earlier this week before heading south toward states in the anticipated path of Hurricane Florence.
John Bailey, president of the company, said it renewed his faith in humanity to see the community's response.
Bailey Coach is an affiliate of Trailways bus service, which has a contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide emergency transportation in disaster situations.
That is the primary reason Bailey sent the buses, but he didn't want to pass up the opportunity to send important relief items, too, he said.
"I hate running the equipment down there empty," Bailey added.
After the Bailey Coach drivers dropped off their supplies, FEMA was to direct them to transport people out of harm's way ahead of the storm. The buses and vans can even take people to hospitals or shelters if that's where they need to go, Bailey said.
This isn’t the first time Bailey’s company has come to the rescue.
When Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast in August 2017, he also sent three buses and 11 tractor-trailers filled with supplies to San Antonio, Texas.
"The response from the people was just incredible," he said of last year's supply drive.
We can say the same about Bailey’s and the community’s efforts this year.
Thumbs up: Speaking of storms, a tip of the hat to local emergency services workers who were still busy assessing and repairing damage this week from storms and flooding on Aug. 31.
"I still don’t think this community realizes what happened last week," said Mark Walters, York County spokesman, adding that it's difficult to grasp the magnitude of the damage without seeing it in person.
Local officials were already preparing earlier this week to respond if Florence brings damaging weather to our area, Walters said. He urged people not to drive through flooded roadways and to stay as informed as possible through news outlets.
Walters also recommended residents download the FEMA app on their smartphones to receive important alerts and updates.
That’s excellent advice, and we urge people to heed it.
Thumbs up: The Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village was heavily damaged by flooding from that Aug. 31 storm, but it still plans to host its annual Heritage Day later this month.
The village, operated by the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society, said the event will run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.
Flooding caused significant damage to the village, but dozens of volunteers came out to clean up the mud and debris.
However, the water also damaged the track, so only 1.2 miles of the track will be in operation during the day. Because of the shorter run, there will not be a charge for the 2.4-mile round trip, which will run every half hour.
The village is located at 1258 Muddy Creek Forks Road in Lower Chanceford Township. For more information on the village or Heritage Day, check the village's website, www.maandparailroad.com.