All area residents got a glimpse of how quickly a natural disaster can affect our lives following the devastation wrought by the June 29 storm.
There are two sane responses to such an event. First, we must all be grateful for how often our communities' infrastructures work. Secondly, we must make sure that we're prepared in case such a disaster happens again.
Barbour County officials are already working to do just that.
Efforts are under way to create an emergency connection of waterlines between Barbour public service districts that can exchange drinking water via those lines in either direction during an emergency.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin threw his support behind the idea.
County Commission President Phil Hart announced Thursday that the project, which would connect the Central Barbour PSD and the city of Belington, would allow water to be supplied to residents by either Belington or Philippi.
"Once the construction of the city of Philippi water plant is completed, they'll have backup emergency power. If we can get these systems interconnected, we'll be in pretty good shape," Hart said.
All our local communities must learn some lessons from the problems created by the storm. Barbour officials are to be commended for already beginning that education.