Hope Village continues to press on with helping those hit hardest by the Mouse River flood with recovery...and now there is a new man in charge of making sure the village itself keeps running well.
Steve Carbno arrived this week to take over as coordinator of Hope Village and will be here for at least a year.
Disaster recovery is his specialty having spent time in Louisiana, New York City, Cedar Rapids, IA and other places following disasters both natural and man-made.
He says the operation here is massive...and keeping everyone on the same page is vital for success.
(Steve Carbno - Hope Village Coordinator) "We can have up to 200 people here at any given time so when you look at that undertaking and the masses of people coming in and making sure they are fed and the showers are working and that they get to the right sites to do the work...and that we have time for them to wind down after the day."
This is a return trip to the Magic City for Carbno.
He was here during the flood -- taking charge of the Salvation Army trucks that made trips through flooded neighborhoods serving thousands of much needed meals...
He says being back now is both heartbreaking -- seeing so many still struggling to recover -- and exciting, seeing those who have been able to move forward with recovery.
(Steve Carbno - Hope Village Coordinator) "37 years of doing disaster work and this was certainly the biggest operation that I have been involved with from a command status and it feels like it is right for me to be back to see what I was a part of starting to see it coming to fruition. It did my heart good to drive through the neighborhoods and see the 'I'm Coming Back' and to see those signs with the 'Coming' taken off to say 'I'm Back'."
Carbno lives on site at Hope Village.