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I love living in Maine

By Andrew Pollack on 05/18/2006 at 07:28 AM EDT

You've no doubt seen the news about flooding in New England as a result of the rain over the last 10 days -- or as I like to call it, point-two-five on the Noah scale. I live about 45 minutes North of where the flooding is, and though we've had rain that's about it. An hour further North its been fairly dry.

Well, its true, the National Guard did have to get called out. Not for looting or security, you understand. This is Maine. We don't do that. No, in fact the Guard had to be standing by for safety as Mainers came to see the washed out bridges and lend help to neighbors in the York Beach area -- which is a popular tourist spot that would remind most of the country of a beach as it might have been 50 or 75 years ago, but for us is just York Beach.

Like in any disaster, people from all around converged on the damaged businesses. Unlike so many other places, they didn't come to steal things or break things. No, so many people came to help clean up that the street had to be blocked off so large trash bins could be brought in. Instead of looting, dozens or hundreds of volunteers came to help clean up the trash and get the store owners on the feet and ready for the important Memorial Day weekend, the start of tourist season.

I love this place.

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