Sorry to leave you all in the lurch about flooding and rain fall in our area. Earlier this week I had said it was predicted to be bad again with places expecting in excess of 7″ of rain. Well…the forecasters were right. People did get in excess of 7″…thankfully it wasn’t us.
The first night of rain we got a few inches…to be honest, I don’t even remember how much. I think 3″ or so. The town that I grew up in New Richland Minnesota and the neighboring town of Waseca got nailed….over 13″ overnight in some places. Here’s a picture of the nursing home that my Dad was at before he passed away.
Residents had to all be evacuated. UGH. I can’t imagine the work that has gone into saving this facility.
It was a mess in that area.
The next night, there was a new target for the excess rain. It wasn’t us. We got 4.4″ of rain, mostly overnight. The Greene, Iowa area got over 13″ overnight. The pictures from there are awful too….news is that the Clarksville area is a disaster too…Their water retention system was compromised and broke.
All of the water there is winding it’s way downstream reeking havoc on towns down river….and who is down river?
Our son Karl is a UNI college student in Cedar Falls, Iowa…that’s where the water is going. So far, predictions are that this will be the 2nd worst flooding ever.
…and who is down river from there???Our son Buck.
He lives in Cedar Rapids. In 2008 the flooding there was HORRIBLE. They are expecting the river to crest at the second worst flooding ever.
Buck has been out sandbagging. He has friends and co-workers that live in the predicted flood zone. The people of the Cedar Rapids have gotten plenty of notice that the flood waters are coming so it’s everyone’s hope that the people in the city are properly prepared.
Of course there’s another wide card in the mix. We are expecting rain overnight and into Sunday. Again, heavy rain is predicted. It’s a gamble on who will get the rain and how much. We certainly don’t need anymore….I really don’t know of anywhere in Iowa that needs more. We are rained out. We need to dry out. Farmers need to get to harvesting and people need to get back into their homes.
For now, we’re hoping that we again in the area that only gets a few inches vs the torrential rain.