Other than cloud cover and a bit of wind on Sunday, our region barely noticed the passing of Hurricane Irene during the weekend.
Other parts of New York state, though, have a real mess on their hands.
Power remained out for nearly 900,000 people as of Monday, flooding has damaged homes and businesses and put some areas at a standstill in our state alone.
Locally, the American Red Cross is stepping up to help and reminding residents here that they can assist as well. So far, the Southwestern New York chapter has sent five people to provide mass care sheltering services, prepare and distribute meals, and provide disaster mental health counseling.
Red Cross assistance is free to the victims of disasters thanks to the voluntary donation of time and money from the American people and from United Ways.
Those who wish to help cover the cost of providing assistance to people were not spared when Hurricane Irene barreled up the East Coast can make a donation through our local Southwestern New York Chapter at 325 E. Fourth St., Jamestown, N.Y. 14701, or visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS. You may also text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.