SOCIAL MEDIA

22 April 2013

The Flood

 Note the lampost in the water. There is also a sidewalk somewhere under there.
 The sandbag barrier seemed like a good place to pose.
 That green lamp normally illuminates a romantic riverside wooden sidewalk. 

{I'll be the first to say that this is a boring outfit, but it really seemed the only appropriate way to dress when taking a walk on a 40 degree, windy day to see the flooded river. I am wearing a pretty awesome shirt--designed by my sister who works at a custom printing shop (talk about a convenient place for a relative to work...). It's the University of Michigan logo but it says Malaysia--representing two of my favorite homes.}

As far as floods go, I don't think this one really compares to most of the great floods of history, but it's the biggest, most damaging flood that I've seen, so that makes it rather momentous in my eyes. Our part of the world isn't used to floods at all, so I don't think we were quite prepared for what could happen. But last week's record-breaking rainstorms have swelled the river and taken out roads and basements.


I had to try three different routes one morning on the way to school in order to find a road that wasn't under water, and all week, the salon was practically empty as we had clients calling and saying that they couldn't make it out of their own streets. I came home Friday night to a sign declaring that the street I live on was closed. Of course, I just drove around the sign--there's no other way to get home! There was no water between the entrance to my street and my house, but beyond my house, our street has been totally washed out in two separate places. Intersections, interstate exits, and even restaurants are closed due to the flooding--and a lot of normal people are having trouble with leaking in their basements. Sump pumps are sold out at every hardware store for miles around.


Speaking of that, Sunday night, Angel worked his first night shift in over a year. My grandparents' basement had sprouted leaks in 3 places, and they  had 3 different shop vacs running continuously for days in order to keep up with the water. It was a family effort to keep their basement dry. My grandpa, uncles, and Angel took shifts--when it was Angel's turn on Sunday night, the water was still coming so fast that he was emptying out a 12 gallon shop-vac every 40 minutes.



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19 comments :

  1. eek! seems like everyone is having flooding problems this year. hope things dry up for you soon.

    bisous
    suzanne

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  2. Woah! That's Scary. We've never had any flooding but we had a really bad storm that knocked out power here for a week!! You look cute I love your bubble coat and your beautiful smile :) you even smile in the face of storms!

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  3. sorry about the flooding. that stinks!

    i would totally own a bubble jacket like that if i lived in a place that actually had cold weather regularly.

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  4. Holy wow! That's insane! You still look cute, even when dealing with the hassels of a flood. And that shirt is WAY cool!

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  5. Yes, I agree with Rachael- you do look cute, despite the water conditions! Holy cow. That is crazy. I love your boots and your jacket.

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  6. oh man...coming from wisconsin, i remember springs like that. charlotte (another fashion week participant) and i have a funny story about getting caught in a summer post-thunderstorm flash flood, but it's the relentless spring rains that really get to you. however, you look darling! the shirt is fun, i love visual puns, and is your hair swatch a different color now? it seems more purple...either way, it's cute.

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  7. That shirt is really cute on you though! And oh my! that is madness.

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  8. Stay safe! Hope the water recedes soon.

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  9. dang, that's a bad flood! I hope that the flooding stops soon and you guys won't be under water.

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  10. Wow! What a flood!!! I'm glad you're all ok and I'm certainly hoping it stops VERY soon!

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  11. That flooding is crazy! I hope the weather dries out soon!

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  12. Okay, I need to know - do you live in the Midwest? Because we've gotten tons of flooding as well! Thankfully, my house stayed dry, but I know that isn't the case for everyone.

    (If you don't mind sharing, email me where you live, and stave off one girl's curiosity.)

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  13. Oh my gosh, that flooding looks crazy! Stay dry!

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  14. holy cow!! That is some major flooding! I hope you can keep your grandparents basement dry sounds like its quite the challenge...
    I always thought it would be cool to see a big flood like this but I feel so bad for those whose homes/businesses are underwater!
    Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  15. Last winter we had some pretty major flooding in our area. It was so bad that school was cancelled for a day and a half. Luckily we didn't have any issues at our house, but we probably would have if we had a basement.

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  16. oh my! all that water...so crazy. glad y'all are alright. :)

    xo
    purposelyathome.blogspot.com

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  17. That is awesome your sister works a custom printing shop - love the shirt! I know a lot of my college friends up in IL got floods as well! One had to throw out all their basement furniture/ speakers and it ruined their water heaters. I couldn't believe how much rain they got up north! Some had lakes in their front yards

    Stay dry!

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  18. I'm sorry that you guys are going through that, but yay for the family keeping the basement from really flooding! That is actually very impressive.

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