It’s been a crazy weekend here for all of us that live in NE Iowa. It started with 2″ of rain early in the week….and escalated from there!!
First off let me tell you we live in a little town. There is a river that runs through town and periodically it floods. The last time it flooded was 2016. It seems every five or so years this happens. We know it…we prepare for it.
Typically after several large bouts of rain, we might think of flooding, then it doesn’t happen. Some years it rains north of us and the rain they got ends up flooding the river. It’s all really a strange working of the right circumstances for us to get rain and for the river the rise.
This time, it was different. As I said earlier in the week we got 2″ of rain. That is nothing and would never make it flood.
But Friday morning I woke up after a long night of thunderstorms and looked out my upper sewing room window. I knew we must have gotten a lot of rain. This was the neighbor’s yard. Off in the distance, you can see the bridge that goes over the river in town.
I checked the rain gauge. YOWZA!! Almost 4″ of rain. UGH.
The worst news is that north of us, we heard they got even more rain. This still is not the recipe for flooding but it was closer.
Later on Friday night, Kalissa and Craig’s family were here for supper. As we were eating we started hearing talks of storms. Pretty soon we heard the storms were 45 minutes away at Craig’s parents’ place and they were headed our way.
I ended up with Carver and Gannon in the basement while parents Craig and Kalissa were out spotting for tornadoes. We were in a tornado warning. UGH.
We grabbed some essentials and hung out in the basement just in case. My essential, cross stitch.
After we got the all clear, I went to my upstairs window. The neighbor’s yard was flooded with rain again.
I checked the rain gauge…oh my, in a quick 45 minutes we got 2″ of rain. WOW.
Look at my poor garden. UGH.
Friday night into Saturday we were hammered with thunderstorm after thunderstorm. I can say I think I experienced my biggest thunder ever. The house shook from it!
I got up that morning and took a picture from the window. I zoomed the camera in. Oh my! The river was really, really up. I was immediately worried. This is how it starts to look on my side of the bridge when it floods.
I went to check the rain gauge…Holy Crap!! Look…7″ of rain overnight. That means in 36 hours we had almost 13″ of rain.
I called Kalissa and we planned to meet to check out the town. Yep, flooded.
It was already bad and was rising.
Can you see that little branch on the road? Someone put that there to watch the height of the water.
We walked around town and check everything else out. Water everywhere.
We went back to the park and water was past the branch. UGH.
We order breakfast pizza for the firemen and workers at the fire station, then went to pick it up. Here is the scene at the station when we got there. Workers had organized to fill sandbags. I’m not sandbagging material anymore. My shoulder just couldn’t take it and they had enough help. I ended up taking Kalissa’s boys and some other firemen kids to my house. This way they could play and their parents could help without worrying about them.
I just adore our little town. Here’s the sign the local bar put out…
The bar not only has good food but there are also great people who own and work there. If you’re ever in town, eat at the local bar on the corner.
Once I got home with all of the kids I snuck upstairs. It had started to rain again. Insult to injury. I took a picture of the same spot I had shown you earlier. The floodwaters from the north are pouring into town.
The bad news is that all of our local towns are in the same predicament. Kalissa has to work an hour away at the hospital for the overnight shift tonight. She is watching and rerouting a plan to try to get there as all of the little towns along the way are experiencing exactly what we are.
More bad news. We are expecting storms across NE Iowa again tonight. They said the storms have the potential for training across the same area again. Oh my….and now the sun is out baking up another batch of storms.
Kalissa, Karl, and I all live in town. All of us are good as far as flooding goes. We might get a little moisture in our unfinished basements but it’s not a danger at all. We have sump pumps and are watching them.
I’ll break in and let you know if things here change. I’m sure this will hit some news channels and some of you might get worried. I wanted you to all know we are just fine.