While some county residents are yet dealing with the aftermath, now that Hurricane — a la Tropical Depression — Florence is largely in our rear view, what can be said?

How about, “thank you.”

Thank you to all of the first responders and everyone beyond them — from emergency officials to family member to friends and to strangers — for helping our county weather the storm.

Thank you everyone who prepared for the worst and prayed for the best.

Thank you all who were there to help assemble the pieces when everything from flooded homes to breached bridges fell apart somewhere in the middle.

Thank you to everyone who checked on a neighbor.

Thank you to our linemen who went above and beyond in restoring power not only after the weather calmed, but during the storm’s height.

Thank you to those ready to assist at shelters and those who volunteered for Red Cross duty.

Thank you to our law officers for keeping the calm in the midst of a tropical storm.

Thank you to our emergency operators and dispatchers who fielded hundreds of calls above an average workload.

Thank you to those who performed some random act of kindness that no one will ever know about.

Thank you to anyone who made a positive difference in the life of someone who needed a bit of hope and care.

Thank you, all.

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