At this point, I’m waiting for Noah to show up. And when he does show up, I hope he has room in his arc for me! The rain here is nuts. Last week it rained Wednesday-Saturday. There was no let up at all. In fact, Saturday we got 3.75 inches of rain and there were a lot of flash flood alerts and roads under water. We have a basement, but we installed a new sump pump last year and that thing worked like a champ fortunately for us!
I was relegated into a gym for most of the week, but that’s fine for me, bad for baby girl. On Wednesday last week it was pouring when I woke up. I tried to let Maris out before I went to the gym. She stepped one paw into the grass and hightailed it back into the house. I couldn’t get her outside for anything. So she held it until I got back and it had slowed enough that she could tolerate going outside then. The next morning, radar looked clear, but unfortunately for us, it wasn’t. We were a little over 1.5 miles from the house and the rain started. And it didn’t let up. I even put my phone in a poo bag (I always carry two with me just in case) and shoved it into my waistband so it would survive (it did). Maris. Was. Pissed. She was also filthy, and I had to give her a bath. As i scrubbed rain water and road grit off her, I was met with this sad, puppy look that said, “Why do you hate me so much.?” Noted, baby girl. Momma will try better next time.
What’s crazy is that it’s literally raining every Wednesday. Today marks at least the 4th Wednesday in a row of rain. There’s no need to try and think about what day it is when I wake up anymore. I hear the rain and am now programmed to automatically think: Must be Wednesday.
Our little city is situation on the Ohio River and after all the rain we received and as well as the cities east of us, our river is cresting at the highest number since 1997. In 1997, our river hit 47.5.’ On Wednesday it will crest at 46.9.’ The 1997 flood is ranked 7th on the list of historic crests dating back into the 1800’s. This flood will sit in the 8th spot.
However, yesterday, it was a beautiful, beautiful, day in our water-logged city. There weren’t any clouds, a nice easy breeze, and the high hit the mid-60’s. It was utter perfection. I planned on a two-a-day run one night at the beginning of the month to hit my monthly goals (more on that next week), and I was gifted with one miraculous evening to get this run done.
My office is really close to our waterfront and downtown. Sunday, Chris and I stopped at a few places along the river to look at the flooding, but we didn’t take any pictures. This run took me a little longer than planned, but I got a lot of pictures to look at this insane flooding. I lived downtown from 2011-2017 and never saw the river this high. It was nuts.
This is our beautiful river front. We have a walking path that stretches nearly 6.5 miles in length (so right under 13 miles if you go out and back). Our waterfront plaza (in the left upper corner) is a boat launch, and also has bleachers for us to view boat races (and 4th of July Fireworks). The plaza has also been updated to keep the flood waters at bay since the 1997 flood.
Below are images of water front taken from what would be the entrance and exit of the plaza.
These stairs normally take you from walking path down to the water front. Not only are a few stairs under water, but all of the bleachers are under water too.
Note sure if you can tell, but this measuring stick shows our river at 47′
At the end of last year, our casino came onto land, but before we had a river boat casino. The image on the left is what the area by the river boat dock normally looks like. The image on the right shows how flooded that area is.
Another “before and after” photo. The small area that’s kind of circular in the bottom left is a patio around the casino grounds. The photo on the right shows that area is all flooded.
Lastly is this image that shows the walking path and the access road down to the old river boat. You can see our city is putting up a retaining wall (the metal poles) in even that the river does flood. However, there’s no wall in front of this road. I’m not an engineer, but it kind of seems like this isn’t going to work if the wall just stops and the river can go around it. The flood waters coming up the ramp will totally not be stopped by this retaining wall…
And that’s what happened in my neck of the woods recently! I feel like pretty soon I’m going to have to take up either kayaking or swimming!
How’s the weather been in your area?