Some people have been critical of the response of official government agencies to the recent flooding, but there has been almost unanimous acclaim for the response from their local community. A number of people have remarked that neighbours whom they had barely spoken to before had spent many hour voluntarily working to help people deal with the consequences of the recent floods. Maybe the growth in community spirit will be the "silver lining" to our recent clouds.
I was just listening to Morning Ireland and I heard an interview with the creator of OffersOfHelp.com - this is a site where people who have skills and/or specialist equipment can register their willingness to help flood victims. The creator of the site was telling the interviewer that people naturally can see when their neighbours need help, but people who don't live in the flood affected areas are also interested to help.
This sounds like a great idea.