Thursday, January 8, 2009
What next?? Locust???
Do I dare ask?? Someone has definitely pissed off Mother Nature! (really, Ma, I don't ever want to see a locust swarm....just so we're clear on that).
Once again, here we have a case of be careful what you wish for.....having had enough of the snow, I think I might have mentioned that I would rather have the rain for awhile, and warmer temps.
OK, maybe I should have specified, light rain and normal winter temperatures.
Instead we received torrential rain (over 10" in a day in some locations) and very warm temperatures for this time of year (thanks Hawaii). Snow levels went way up, and with the rain melting all the snow as well as adding to our already swollen rivers and streams....
Welcome to the first flood of 2009 (hoping it's the last as well).
Here's a couple of pics looking down from our hill to the river overflowing it's banks below into a farmers fields.
Here's where that water was going....across the road that gets me to town and work.
This was just the first "little" puddle that I also went through to see what the real river was up to.....
By the looks of things it was up to over 4 feet....those white posts are 5 feet high.
The river was still rising when I took these...the water flowing inward towards the mountains.
I drove down the other way, towards the town of Sultan, I knew the road would be closed that way too.
I'm guessing this car wasn't running when the river came up....or they would have moved it to higher ground. Though I did see many pictures on the news of people that tried to drive through the water and were stranded.
A few of the homes were designed with floods in mind.....not sure how I would feel about the river surrounding my home.
The creeks were over capacity and brought many of the hillsides down with them.
Here are some pics of the river, I missed some of the trees that looked like toothpicks being tossed about.
I guess I'll have time to do a couple of blog posts today and read up on all the posts I've been missing out on, on my favorite blogs.....looking at the positive! :)