The stranding of Chinmoy Lane residents last week in New Milford as a result of the March 7 flood was like something from another place and time.

Cut off and isolated -- at least in terms of vehicular traffic -- they were left to wander the woods to get out of their neighborhood.

No more.

Local and state officials tackled a drastic situation quickly and effectively. We believe they deserve credit for that.

Compared to the massive earthquake in Japan, this was a small matter -- everything is relative. But a 30-foot chunk of road doesn't wash away every day around here.

The town of New Milford and the state acted expeditiously to take care of Chinmoy residents.

A temporary road was finished early Saturday, with the help of residents of a neighboring street who allowed construction on their property. This week, a temporary bridge -- used long ago after the Mianus River Bridge collapse in Greenwich -- is being added to provide a second way in and out of the subdivision.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was on the scene March 8 and later delivered on his promise to lend New Milford the state-owned bridge. Mayor Pat Murphy mobilized town departments, accepted the volunteer help of several area contractors, and stayed on top of the relief effort.

While the people who live on Chinmoy Lane were inconvenienced, and we do not make light of their hardship, they were safe. There will, regrettably, be hurt feelings stemming from the unwillingness of some to allow their land to be used as a walking path by people from Chinmoy Lane.

We urge reserved judgment on this matter. Sadly, in this litigious society, homeowners might indeed feel they would be putting themselves at risk by allowing passage through their yards.

And while some posted "No Trespassing" signs, others did allow their neighbors on Chinmoy Lane to walk through.

Now that route is no longer necessary -- hopefully, forever. Things are getting back to normal on Chinmoy Lane in a relatively short time.