For a little while Friday night, there was no flood damage in Fremont County.
The Sidney High Cowgirls volleyball team won the state volleyball championship played in Cedar Rapids. The team had been to the state tournament before, but didn’t go as far as they did last week.
I’m sure the moment the girls were given the trophy, a flood of joy was thought of far before the flood of waters.
Since the middle of March, Fremont County and other portions of Southwest Iowa along the Missouri River have been in the headlines thanks to the waters.
Since then, all of the unfortunate emotions were running high.
Fear for not having a place to live. Frustration because returning to normal was not going to take over night. And what would be the “new” normal? Uncertainty for not knowing if people wanted to rebuild and continue to live, work and play in Fremont County. (That is compounded by the people who were flood victims in 2011.) Depression for not having anything and forced to start over.
But thanks to those Sidney girls, all of that could be forgotten for a little while to celebrate the team’s efforts.
Sports and hobbies can be a distraction to our daily lives and challenges that come with life. When New Orleans recovered from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, some were upset the Saints football stadium was restored before other things in town. Others said seeing activity around the stadium gave people a sense of normalcy before the storm.
The Sidney girls gave their flood-effected fans some good feelings Friday.