Rain

In case you haven’t heard, it’s been raining here in the mid-south. Yesterday the gauge said that twelve inches fell between 8am and midnight. The flooding was impressive, but for us it was mostly a headache because our house is well positioned on the hillside. The lower pasture flooded, so the cows spent the night in the barn. The water was flowing through the perimeter fencing and popped a couple of panels loose, but they are back in place now. The basement got damp but did not flood, and fans have dried the floor. The driveway was the worst, with depressingly deep gullies dug in it by flowing water, but this morning a neighbor came by with his tractor and graded it for us.

In all this I use the term “we” loosely, because Chris and I were in Frankfort playing music when the floods came, and we were unable to get home last night due to water on the roads. Debbie and Maggie and Matthew were stuck with the job of keeping the homestead under control, which they did to the point of exhaustion; Chris and I sauntered in this morning to find everything mostly back to normal.

We didn’t get any still photos of the flooding around the house. There is some video, which I may upload to YouTube at some point, but it won’t be interesting to most people. If you want to see some real flooding, take a look at these two Facebook photo albums.

26 photos of flooding in Liberty

55 photos of flooding in Liberty

Liberty is a small town about fifteen minutes north of us, on US Hwy 127. Last night around 8pm we came south on 127 but were stopped about five miles north of town because of water across the road. We turned around and headed back to Danville, where we spent the night. This morning we drove south again to find that the water had receded and the roads were clear through Liberty and on towards home, but the damage done in Liberty was extensive. Look at some of those photos and you’ll see why.

Here’s another photo of Liberty from a local online newspaper. This is the main drag, Hwy 127, the only road that could get us from Danville to home, taken about the time we were turning around. I’m glad we did.

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One thought on “Rain

  1. 2 years ago we had the same problem here, only the rain started in April, and wouldn’t let up all summer for more than few days at a time. Basements flooded all over the place. First floor apartment blocks all over Springfield had to have their first floors rebuilt. I broke my little toe that year and had to wear a special open toed boot while i worked as a groundskeeper. My foot seemed never to get dry. Gardens suffered, pastures could not be mowed for hay, etc. We get 45 or more inches of rain here in the Ozarks, but that year the rain gauge washed out. I hope that doesn’t happen to you. I grew up in the Arizona desert near the town of Tombstone. I love water with a passion that people from wetter climes can’t imagine. but I found out, that there is such a thing as actually too much water…….!!!!!

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