Immediately following the devastating storm on April 21, the citizens of the Town of Colonial Beach came together to support one another and local emergency services.
The Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce worked with four people in particular to raise funds to support the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad (CBVRS) and Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department (CBVFD). Fred T. Mears Jr. came up with the slogan “CB Strong” which emblazons the front of a royal blue T-shirt being sold by the Chamber.
On Monday, July 10, the Chamber presented Pat FitzGerald of CBVRS and Chief David Robey of CBVFD with checks for $1,733 for each organization.
Neil Austriaco and Terry Miller designed the artwork on the back which consists of an osprey on a branch.
Following the straight line wind and hail storm many of the local ospreys, which nest along the Potomac, lost their entire nest. Within hours the birds were gathering sticks and rebuilding their homes just as many residents of the town were.
With multiple homes damaged including former rescue chief, Wesley Melson’s, the town residents banded together to began to repair homes, cut apart downed trees, and bring Colonial Beach back to its glory.
On Sunday morning of Potomac River Festival weekend a number of town citizens with CB Strong shirts on gathered at the town stage for a group picture.
The shirts are still available at the Chamber of Commerce at a cost of $20. Each shirt costs $7 to be printed, the remainder is split between CBVRS and CBVFD. Local printer John Barber does the printing in Colonial Beach and is doing it at his cost.
While most of the trees have been removed from where they fell many homes are still under repair in the town. Emergency services responded immediately and worked throughout the weekend to help keep every one safe. In the immediate hours following the storm the men and women went door to door throughout the Point area to check on every one.