Saturday, August 3, 2013
As flood clean-up continued in Lindsborg Saturday, residents and volunteers paused for the Flood of Love.
Organizers of the community potluck picnic said taking a break from the clean-up and celebrating everything that was not lost were important steps in the town's recovery.
"It's been a disaster, but (it) hasn't been a tragedy," Lindsborg resident Mark Galloway said.
Galloway said, despite the heavy damage his family's home suffered during Monday's flood, he is grateful for the flood of community support that followed.
"You know what's crazy is I feel guilty that so many people have taken time out of their lives to come to our aid," Galloway said.
Betty Nelson of Lindsborg said so many of her friends were affected by the flood that she wasn't sure where to begin helping. So, she organized the Flood of Love to help every body slow down at the end of a heartbreaking week.
"Mostly we're here just to show support for those who have lost and give them a break," Nelson said.
Nelson's idea quickly gained momentum. So many people showed up, it took five picnic tables in Swensson Park's main shelter to handle all of the food everybody brought.
That didn't surprise anybody who has spent much time in Lindsborg.
"Any time that something like this occurs in our town, you're going to see this kind of community support because that's just what this town does," Kenneth Ross Moberg said.
People who live in Lindsborg see their neighbors more as family.
"We love our -- not just Swedish community -- but we love our Lindsborg community," Sarah Ross Moberg said. "And it is family."
Galloway grew up in Colorado and knows the devastation flash flooding can cause. However, he said, it would be hard to find the same kind of support there.
"I don't know that I can ever fathom this happening anywhere but here," he said. "I mean, it's amazing."
Galloway and his wife, Nancy, said the next time anybody else needs a hand, they will be the first in line to help because that's just the way things work in Lindsborg.