Disasters can bring out the best in people. And the worst. Last week's violent windstorm, which focused most of its fury on the communities of Davis County, has provided a lot of the former and just enough of the latter to warrant some concern.
First, the good. It didn't take long after the high winds blew through the area toppling trees, downing power lines and ripping away everything from roof shingles to Christmas decorations for neighbors to start helping neighbors. City crews, volunteers organized by local wards of the LDS Church, and volunteers organized by no one in particular, joined power company workers and members of the Utah National Guard in widespread efforts to remove downed tree limbs and other debris.
Sunday, LDS ward and stake leaders were calling members of their congregations to let them know that there was something more important than going to church that day. It was some love-thy-neighboring that involved a lot of heavy lifting, heavily laden pickup trucks and not a few chain saws in and around the communities of Bountiful, Centerville, Farmington and Kaysville.