Sunday, June 8, 2008

Flooding, tornadoes and whatnot...

Seems like we've picked the worst year ever to live in Iowa. Record snows, followed by record rains, wet, wet, and more wet.

People are getting paid time off of work to go and sandbag around various places in the community (to keep rising water out of buildings).

I remember back in 1993, the rivers in our area of Illinois went up and up and even just regular flat land was totally saturated with water standing. Around here, it's not really like that. Yes, it's saturated, but the ground seems to be holding it okay, except by the rivers. Oh and cornfields. A few cornfields held high water. It was later in the year though, more towards the middle of July, and I was detasseling corn (Google it if you don't know what that means), in waist high water. On most everyone else, it hit around their knees. I was wet forever. I'm not sure I've gotten over that. Talk about being miserable. I had a horrible time just moving, let alone getting anything done.

Not to mention the tornadoes that have plagued our area. We've been in our laundry room at least once a week and now we're just leaving our blankets (for sitting on/head covering) and a battery operated radio in there so we don't have to get them all the time. At least we've been safe.

1 comment:

Spirited Strider said...

I am thinking of you and holding you in my prayers that you are safe during this difficult time in Cedar Rapids. I was in Iowa in 1993 and this flood is worse that that--an unimaginable, horrific experience.

Though it must be trying and difficult, things can always be replaced.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Warmly, Barbara