Thursday, June 12, 2008

Well...

If it's not one thing, it's another...

Now we're in the midst of an historic flood. Good times... good times... I've taken some pictures from our local news site to share with you here... These are as close as 1.5 miles from my house...

We only have a bit of water in the basement and drowning flowers... Starbuck must relieve herself in a lake... Besides that we're okay, now that our water is back to clear instead of coffee colored.

It sure makes you wonder what's going on - what does God have to teach us? We've joked about it being the end of the world - tornadoes, floods (with more storms pouring inches of rain tonight again... and it's not supposed to stop for a few more days), children dying in freak accidents (Steven Curtis Chapman's daughter and 2 others locally the same week). Interesting...

#1 Cedar Falls Utilitities

#2 The 4th Street Bridge in Downtown Waterloo - We live on the WEST side of the river, this bridge is crossing towards the East.
#3 Highway 218 in Cedar Falls - If you've ever visited CF with us, we've been on that bridge... Now we can't get downtown there, downtown here, or pretty much anywhere else on many roads...
#4 Downtown Waterloo
#5 The Grout Museum on the WEST side of the river and 218
#6 Liberty Park - 1 block from our house#7 The Brown Bottle - a tasty restaurant. It's on the WEST side - just a few blocks down from our library and Young Arena - both of which are under much more water than this picture shows!
#8 The Waterhawks Ski Team "Arena" - We just saw their opening show on June 1st - they had a lot of kinks to work out for the season... wonder when that will resume... In Evansdale, IA - about 5 minutes up the highway from us
#9 Downtown Waterloo WEST side - this is what I pass when I go to the library, or really anywhere downtown. To the right is Highway 218 - if you've come to see us, you've passed by there
#10 Riverfront Stadium - where our local baseball team, the Waterloo Bucks, play... It's more like the River Stadium now...
#11 IA DOT road closures from flooding - just in our area. You can't see Waterloo's name because it's covered in red closed signs... If you were planning on a visit... maybe you need to wait a while... There are roads closed over an hour north and then all around us... Insane!
#12 Waterloo - Our house is marked with the little red "A" balloon. 63, 218, 57 - all major highways that are closed. Everything down by the river is also closed.

3 comments:

Mom of TWO Princesses said...

Wow, those are some amazing pictures. Isn't it crazy how in one part of the country, you're under so much water, while places, like, here, in NC, we are praying for much needed water to get us out of a drought?

I pray it dries up for you soon & keep safe!

Jennifer said...

Crazy! I've been following the coverage on the news and thinking of you guys. Glad you are safe! We're headed to SE WI this weekend where there is some minor flooding-your post reminded me to check the WI DOT to see if we will have to change our route due to road closures.

Carolina Mama said...

I am sorry to see the devastation in your state. Reminds me of Katrina, I'm a New Orleans native. I just said a prayer for the great state of Iowa. Good luck wtih the Win It Wednesday giveaway.