The Sun-Gazette packaged two stories on Page A-1 of Thursday's edition that were perfectly titled "Rising above the flood."
Because that's what has happened since last fall and it was further reinforced with an announcement and an event last week.
First, it was announced that a $2.4 million federal grant was obtained to restore, among other things, the Loyalsock Creek railroad bridge in Montoursville.
And second, volunteers, an essential element to responding to any crisis on the level of last September's flooding, were honored at a special appreciation night.
The railroad bridge is critical to meeting the needs of both business and industry in our region. Without it, a major, necessary artery to transportation of goods and services would be taken away.
The bridge carries more than 25,000 cars annually.
And as rail transportation becomes more important in the future, the replacement of the railroad bridge in Montoursville becomes even more essential.
As a final "rising above" element, the replacement bridge is being designed to withstand flood waters of greater impact than last year's.
What can we say about the emergency volunteers that populate our area that hasn't been said dozens of times before but nevertheless needs restated.
The flood that hit last September was more localized than many that have struck our area, hitting some areas with historic damage while completely absolving others.
But volunteers many of them unaffected by the flooding responded heroically both when the flooding hit and during the difficult aftermath that continues today.
Flood response equipment is better than ever today at providing warnings and creating preparedness for evacuations.
But human volunteers will always be needed to help with evacuations, get people in the right places and help them "rise above" in the months that follow.
We're thankful those kinds of people populate our area.