Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Flood Story



~A Flood Tour of Town~

I had no sooner finished yesterday's post when John arrived home looking shaken. He had checked on his tenants and found that they had had way too much excitement. Though the Ponderosa is not "on the river" it is on the flood plain and, in all the rain, the driveway had filled with water. The young wife had driven her car into the water hoping to get out to the street. Unfortunately, the car swamped and she had to rescue herself and her two-year old daughter. The mere thought of what could have happened if she had fallen while walking in all that water is unnerving. Believe me, we are thanking God for His mercy and protection. 

There's another week of showers coming. We saw brief sunshine first thing this morning, but it has clouded in and started to sprinkle again. Even still, if the torrential rains stop, the water can go down some.

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~Rescued Posies Make a Scraggly Bouquet~


My neighbor pulled his car over and yelled, "Surely, Vee, you are not watering your garden!" ☺ It was true that I was out there with a bucket of water gathering up those posies that had fallen to the ground. They do add a bit of cheer to the house.

~My Pink-tinged Buttercream Peony~


So that's nearly my story for today. Leaving you with a little video of the rushing river in the center of town. We live in a former mill town and this little river was its power source.  


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There are flood boards that can be placed hence the walkway out over the water.  There is a filter that prevents big branches and debris from entering the intake area for the water wheel in the mill. Now I have definitely told you more than I know. ☺ (A very nice young lady attempts to engage me in conversation. I grunt at her. Don't interrupt me when I'm getting a great shot! =D I did have a nice chat once I turned the camera off.)

Have a lovely day. And oh how I wish that I could help you sun-scorched folks out by sending along some rain. 

Love Vee

42 comments:

  1. Bless your heart! That is SCARY!! I can feel it through the video!
    Leave it to you to take the fallen flowers and add cheer to your room as you continue to gaze out at all the rain!

    I am still in Houston and rain is expected here today. Perhaps if we all pitch in we could pray a thinner more even blanket over a larger part of the country!

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  2. What power water has. I'm thankful with you that the young mother and child are o.k. I was so worried about all of the members of our family out driving on flooded roads Friday night. Not good. Thankfully they all took the highest roads available and arrived safely.

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  3. Wow. Your story and your photos and video illustrate just how powerful weather and water can be. Makes one feel quite small, and yet we depend on Someone who is far more powerful than the flood (its Creator!).
    (Psalm 29)

    Stay safe and dry!

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  4. Yikes! Stay safe Vee and John! I'll pray the water deluge calms way down and goes away for a while!!

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  5. The situation in your town must be very worrisome. i hope that the flooding will stop and things will be safe for everyone before too long. No wonder you've been so worried lately! Take care Vee!

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  6. Living through a few hurricanes we know all too well how dangerous rising water can be.
    Thanks for sharing your terrific photos, Vee.

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  7. I am so thankful that everyone is safe. I'm pretty fearless but have a great respect and fear of the power of water. It wil have it's way.

    The Farmer and I honeymooned in New Orleans over 34 years ago and I distinctly remember seeing the levee holding back Lake Ponchartrain. I was stunned at the folly that engineers thought they could control the power of nature. Water will always have it's way.

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  8. Oh my...so glad they are okay. How ironic, one part of the country needs the rain to remove the drought, the other part floods. Blessings to you all

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  9. That is a lot of water going through that little dam. I thought the end was in sight for all the rain Vee. It's crazy!
    The sun is trying very hard to peek out here this morning as we are on the northerly edge of this system. They say we may have sun on Thursday. Guess I need to take my Vitamin D cause I can't get it sitting in front of the computer all day! :( Stay dry. Hugs.

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  10. I'm so glad the young woman and her little child are okay! Here's hoping the rains end soon in your part of the country. Stay safe and dry!

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  11. If only we could control the weather, sure would be nice. We're so hot and dry here, but we had a huge flood in 1998 and we're always a bit fearful of praying for rain.....not too much.

    Your posies are very cheerful and pretty.

    Yea for the young woman and child's safety. I hope the rains stop soon in your area.

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  12. What a mess! Glad to hear that young lady and child are safe. So many people take chances with flood waters!

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  13. Someday you'll be telling your grandchildren about the Great Flood of 2012. Oh heck...why wait. Call them up and tell them all about it today!
    Guessing the viewing of the Transit of Venus will be rained out for you?

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  14. Are you on rock? Your village, I mean. This is especially heavy flooding but... I think you often dread lots of rain. Seems it doesn't have much place-to-drain-to, maybe?

    Our side of town is on rock, but we are at the highest point. Some lower points, get flooding. Other side of town is on sand. (Where we lived, when we had terrible drought, years ago, and he drilled a well. In our back yard, by hand.)

    Such a scary story, at the Ponderossa. -sigh-

    "Hoe while it is spring, and enjoy the best anticipations.
    It is not much matter if things do not turn out well."

    ~Charles Dudley Warner

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  15. I'm sure you've learned to respect the force and power of water far more than those of us who long for more. Though we have had our hurricanes in the past. And having done without water often in Africa on a serious level, I do respect water and all it does for us. I hope you all remain safe and relatively dry, at least in your cozy home!

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  16. I know not to underestimate the power of water.. good luck!!

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  17. You asked about the lovely pic, over fireplace (in your comment in my blog). Soooooooooooooo -- That gives me an excuse to send you some pics, by mail. :-)

    I'll take any excuse, ya' know!

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  18. Glad you brought some blooms indoors to enjoy...and brighten the day!

    Yikes...way more water than you need. And way more than we need over here. If only we could spread it around...a little more fairly.

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  19. Oh my, Vee, I do hope the rain is not as bad this week. That poor girl with her toddler must have been really shaken. I love your buttercream peony. The color is gorgeous. xo (I am going to have some soil tested at a garden center, per your suggestion. Thanks)

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  20. I truly feel for you! I remember the floods and the people who had bad experiences. We didn't have days and days of rain to deal with, though. Ours was from the 168 inches of snow melting.

    The sound of rushing water is wonderful when it's contained in a natural setting, but a frightening sound when you know the control is out of your hands.

    Keep us updated AND I truly hope the meteorologist is correct in predicting the rain will end on Thursday. Let's hope sooner!

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  21. Flooding is as scary as fire...Mother Nature is sure having a bang up time this spring.

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  22. That is scary indeed. I am glad to have moved from the creek we lived on in our last house. We had flooding regularly, and the one year had a lot of damage and the house was surrounded by water.
    I'm glad your house, at least is high and dry.

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  23. We have flood warnings and lots of rain over here in your "mirror state" ---- but you have us beat! The water rushing under that bridge is amazing! Keep safe! Stay dry! Keep the tea kettle on! Looks like you may need it for a stranded neighbor or homebound family!

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  24. That is scary stuff you are dealing with. So glad the mother and her child were okay.
    Your rescued bouquet is lovely. Good that you were able to rescue it between downpours.
    Hope it clears up soon.

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  25. Wow! Glad you're all okay! Hope the rain lets up in your area!

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  26. We've actually have had just enough rain and sun.
    We've had several tornadas around the state though but nothing too near us.

    My old house is in an old mill town.
    Hope you get some sun to dry things up for you.

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  27. Looks scary! I hope the rain stops soon for you all...
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  28. All that water is a little scary! We've had a lot of rain but, thank goodness, nothing like you're experiencing. I hope the sun comes out for you soon! xo

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  29. I am always amazed as if seeing it for the very first time the power of water. It's just incredible.

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  30. We're getting some much needed little pop up showers this afternoon. But you're definitely ready for some sun to dry things out! Take care...stay safe!

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  31. I'm glad she and the baby are safe! And we have had rain all week but not like you. I hope it stops raining. sandie

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  32. Your video brought back memories! 15 years ago the creek that runs through the center of town overspilled it's banks leaving the park behind our house looking just like your footage.

    Relieved that your scare had a safe ending...

    Blessings, Debbie

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  33. What a scary situation! We should never underestimate the power of water!

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  34. Oh my goodness! We've been in a scorching drought for several years now, so much so that I had honestly forgotten what it was like to have to carry an umbrella and have days of rain. We've been raining basically for a week now, but I just can't complain considering we're still so far below where we are supposed to be.

    I hope your flooding doesn't get worse.

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  35. It is definitely a blessing that the woman and her toddler were able to get out oftheri car without incident. Rising water is very scary and dangerous! We also had intermittant showers again today..enough already Mother nature!

    Your peonies are very feminine and pretty!

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  36. Hi Vee, So happy to hear the mom and her little one were ok--probably terrified though! We spend lots of time in Maine so I have been watching the weather stories. My daughter is in Lewiston. The Androscoggin flooded in some areas, I heard, but she is fine too. Moving water is so much stronger than people realize! Let's hope for some pretty and sunny days coming soon. Linda

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  37. that is really scary. We've been getting a ton of rain too, but I'm not aware of any flooding.

    Leann

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  38. Soooo much water!!! So glad you're safe!

    chris

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  39. Stay safe and sending sunshine your way. We are a little soggy here too but needed the rain so much. Take care!

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  40. We had a storm front come through last Friday that spawned about 10 small tornados in our area - we never get that many. At one point the visibility off my deck was about 5 feet. Trees looked like they were going sideways.

    But all were safe, Thank God!

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  41. This is serious business, Vee, I will be praying for relief from all that rain. I can only imagine how that young mother felt, I am so glad all were safe!!
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  42. Yes, we've been hearing on tv about all the water you folks got/getting ?...and I have no idea how it would feel to be that flooded. Never lived where there was that much rain. Lived in Port Aransas once when I was in 2nd grade and we did have a flood there. Everyone pretty much left town and when we came back, lots of water.

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