We gathered at the Concession Stand of the Doniphan Ball Park which had been submerged during the flood. Due to the consequences of the flood, for awhile it wasn’t sure if the concession stand would need to be torn down or for how long the ball park would be unusable. It is an important place for community gatherings. It turns out that the damage is less permanent than originally feared. For the Earth Exchange, we created a Mural to signify the Hope that our community will grow like a tree with deep roots, and recover to a level higher than before the flood.
At the event, people of all ages enjoyed adding to the mural– the tree foliage was filled in, various animals and a swing were added to the mural. Stephanie Moreland, local art teacher and creator of the mural base, encouraged so that all got involved. Glass gems and stone-washed pebbles were glued on to make it three-dimensional. Everyone seemed to get into the creation.
The event was well attended by people who have access to information about the impact of the flood right now and good information was shared. The Doniphan Sheriff, Mike Barton, reported that the damage count is around 400 residences and 40 businesses flooded. Information was pooled on where FEMA meetings are taking place, and plans made for all meetings to be covered by people at the Earth Exchange. On hearing that there is no central location for information sharing, the city librarian, Rebecca Wilcox, offered the library as a place for the disbursement of information in hard copy form. Many participants shared their experiences during the flood. Rickie Maples, of Doniphan Vitality nonprofit, told about her eery walk around the courthouse when the flood waters were the highest. The power was off in the city and the silence was total, until a car alarm suddenly was activated perhaps jostled by rising waters. We all expressed gratitude that no lives had been lost, and very few medical issues had arisen. Gene Fox, local veterinarian read aloud an exercise to increase compassion in the world.
The event ended as people disbursed to their community activities– some to a wedding, some home, some to the river to cool off. Life continues even as the long term recovery work goes on.