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Neighbors helping neighbors after storm no surprise
It was heartening, but not surprising, to see the number of friends and neighbors who turned out to help board up, mop up and otherwise help those whose homes were damaged in Tuesday evening's hailstorm.
It will take a long time to tally up the damage, but it will easily be in the millions of dollars just in McCook, even without counting crop damage in a wide area of Southwest Nebraska.
That's especially true given the price of corn.
It will be a good time to be in the glass, auto body, siding and roofing business, and insurance agents are probably having a hard time keeping their cell phones charged up.
It's a good time to remind homeowners to be on their guard for fly-by-night repair crews, and to only deal with reputable people we know.
If you're not sure, check references, ask how long they've been in the business and what they specialize in, and don't sign any contracts until you're satisfied.
But don't hesitate to accept help from your friends and neighbors when they offer, as we know they will.