19 Mar 2008 02:39 pm

Flooding in the Midwest

Finally stopped raining and the sun’s come out. There has been a lot of flooding here in this part of the country. Rivers and creeks are over their banks. Roads have turned into rivers. My neighbor out back has a lake in his backyard. The news has been full of reports of water rescues and several people have drowned.

Fortunately, I live on higher ground and don’t have to worry about flooding and don’t have to deal with low-water crossings.

If you are ever in a flood situation and there is moving water over a roadway, don’t try to drive through it. As heavy as you might think your car or truck is, it can be swept away by the water. Many of the water rescues have been for people in pickup trucks and SUVs.

The newscasters are constantly reminding us with the following slogan: “Turn around, don’t drown.”

4 Responses to “Flooding in the Midwest”

  1. on 20 Mar 2008 at 7:21 am 1.Chrys said …

    Not only might your vehicle not be heavy enough, there may be no road there any longer! People don’t think about that.

    When we had flooding here. I should have snapped a picture of my 6′ firefighter in the middle of what was the road, with only just below his shoulders and head showing. He was down inside where the road had been! He noticed the water was swirling and new the road was gone, he was assessing the area. If he hadn’t gotten there first, the car behind him would have gone right in.

    Hope it eases up for you all.

  2. on 20 Mar 2008 at 10:07 pm 2.Dean said …

    That’s a good point. I noticed that they were reporting on the news today that a lot of the roads that were closed due to flooding can’t be reopened yet because of damage to the roadway.

  3. on 22 Mar 2008 at 1:17 pm 3.stacy said …

    I’m glad to hear you are ok Dean. I was thinking about you as they were showing your area on our news today. Glad you are on high ground!

  4. on 22 Mar 2008 at 6:49 pm 4.Dean said …

    Hi Stacy, Thanks for thinking of me. Yes, I feel very fortunate. Others have not been so lucky.

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