The water is gone that’s how it works…a quick in and a quick out. That statement sounds happy though, and it isn’t happy for many of the people left behind.
Today Kalissa and I took a walk to check things out. We were so sad by the time we got back home. All of the green you see was underwater on Saturday. Do you see the park bench on the left? The top is split into three or four boards. The top one was the only one visible.
We all love the river…it’s pleasant and scenic most of the time, but every five to ten years it turns nasty, floods, and leaves a mess behind.
Here the side of the road is just gone.
Here is a better view.
Right along this area the water was bubbling up and churning. Everything you see here that is green, and the tennis court, was under water.
This is our playground…
Luckily everything is still standing. As long as the park stays at this location, we’ll never be able to have a really nice park as the flood waters make that impossible. I personally wish we’d build a new park…but it’s so nice here by the water.
So much sand and silt have come inland.
It’s just a mess.
The road along the park is so beat up. I can’t believe that outhouse stayed standing.
Here is another picture of it…Yes, that is supposed to be a road.
The river itself is damaged. See the big sandbar that has formed. Previously, it couldn’t be seen.
This is the home of friends of ours…they live right next to the river.
I zoomed in. I could just cry. Their house is one of my favorite in all of the town. I haven’t had a chance to talk to them to learn the extent of the damage. Ah. So sad.
The campground is next door…it’s a mess too.
There was such little warning, the camper goers couldn’t get their campers out before the water gushed in.
I had Kalissa stop right here so I could snap a picture.
Compare it to this one with Carver in the picture. It’s the same location showing the difference from Saturday to Monday. WOW, right? This is over a block from the river. This area gets the brunt of the damage when it floods.
We had zero damage to our home…neither did Karl or Kalissa. We are so thankful but still hurt for our friends and our town. The last time it flooded was 2016. Carver was weeks away from being born. My hope is that we can make it another 10 years before we have to deal with this again.
I want to do a huge shout-out to the townspeople who helped sandbag and the firemen. Many of the guys were awake for 20 hours working on this as after was done in our town, the group moved down and helped the small town to the south of us. They are a great group of people and I’m so happy to be a part of Waucoma. Let the clean-up begin!!