Friday, June 13, 2008
The High Water View from Here
Iowa is under siege. This photo shows the Mississippi River water visible from my front yard. Even this hasty snapshot reveals the engulfed trees at riverside. Where I live is high enough that my dwelling likely won't be affected, but flooding is widespread and we are all affected. Everyone has a story to share.
My sister's family in another city evacuated their home last night. A couple tornadoes passed overhead here but didn't fully form or touch down. The rain is relentless. Note threatening sky in the photo above; we don't see much sun. A city street six blocks away from me closed a few days ago. Interstate 80 which transects Iowa is closed; through traffic must detour. I don't remember this ever happening before although I've lived in Iowa most all my life.
The proximity factor is high for me. As flood-swollen creeks and smaller rivers feed into the Mississippi, things will worsen here. Thanks for your concern, already expressed, as news of our situation dominates the media. I'm safe. I'll keep you posted.
Later on Friday: I walked around the neighborhood to take some shots of the local flooding:
Pumping out a cellar. Some people have several feet in the basement. For others, water is inundating the home. Note also the lime green sandbags in front of this business, ready to be placed. The rivers are expected to continue to rise. We're not near the record-level crests yet that are expected.
Davenport doesn't have a flood wall, so it erects temporary walls of dirt when needed. Here you see one that spans a major street. The truck carries sand/dirt to the site. The Caterpillar packs it down.
This is the second flood this year so far!
Just 4 blocks from my place, but......(next picture, please)
I took this one when standing behind the sign in the photo above, looking up the hill. We live almost 5 blocks up the hill from this point. We're in good shape (so far). We didn't lose electricity in last night's storm and our sewer is holding--two dilemmas others faced last night.