Throughout the past week, I have been in almost every town in Essex County and a few in Franklin County.
The water is everywhere, overflowing banks of lakes and rivers, making its way into basements and marinas and restaurants - pretty much wreaking havoc throughout the entire region.
However, there was something else that I saw and heard during my journeys. Most people had perspective.
In several places, after I was done talking with road crews or local leaders and those working on their properties, they would remark, "at least we are not in Alabama."
Think about it. We are having serious problems here with flooding with roads out and other problems. In Alabama, they are having the more serious problem of entire communities being leveled by tornadoes in almost the same way the recent tsunami went to work on Japan. The roads are out because five houses fell on it.
Last time I heard, more than 300 people had lost their lives in six states - with 200 dead in Alabama and hundreds still missing - due to the tornadoes and severe weather. We have yet to hit one.
It's perspective that also helps me when I am going crazy trying to figure out why there is a leak above my kitchen sink.
And the thing is, as I write this on Tuesday, it is raining - hard. The road crews and volunteers who have put countless hours into protecting and maintaining the roads and towns will still be going at it throughout the week and into the next, and we thank them for that service and hard work.
Keith Lobdell is the editor of the Valley News. He can be reached at email@example.com