A story of beavers and volunteers

We often hear a lot about the integrity, bravery, and commitment of those who serve their communities as volunteer firefighters. What we hear about less often is the dangers of beavers. Yes, beavers. Those two things combined in my life Tuesday night, as unbeknownst to me, a colony of beavers had set up an 8-foot-tall dam some small distance from my house.

With all the rainfall the last two months, the dam broke Tuesday and the result was a night of panic, a closed road, and water throughout my house. But it also resulted in solidarity and resilience, as the Sammonsville Volunteer Fire Department and the town of Johnstown went to great lengths to keep the situation stable, and eventually work towards removing the water from my house. With half an acre yard under water and about one foot left in my basement, before my house was taken over by water, the Sammonsville Volunteer Fire Department and the town of Johnstown showed up in force, with a 300-gallon water pump and chainsaws to bail me out of a dire situation.

These men and women, who are volunteers, spent about five hours away from their families late at night, to help my family, to which I am forever grateful.

As for what comes next, I’m not sure.

We hope that with action taken to relocate the beavers to somewhere a bit further from civilization, we will be able to avoid this situation for ourselves and other families in the future.

For myself, the process to repair my home and property will likely take time. Time, they say, heals all wounds. Those wounds would not have begun to heal without the Sammonsville Volunteer Fire Department and the town of Johnstown, and you all have my deepest and sincere thanks for everything you’ve done.

Trevor Evans

Publisher

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