Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Just Keep Swimming

Photo by SnaggleTooth March 2010
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It's a good time to keep a seaworthy vessel in reach...
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Two weeks ago there was excessive rain in New England which caused river flooding for many cities n towns. Folks who'd never had a problem before had water coming in, roads closed, n homes flooded. Folks were calling the high water a "hundred year" happening.
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Now that the ground is saturated, water levels are all high, n there's no room for containing or absorbing more- the past several days has seen the second "Hundred year" storm rains, raising river levels again within a few weeks time. This time around many rivers are expected to set new records. The rivers won't finish cresting for two more days.
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The last time there was such high rainfall in one month was back in August of 1955 as heard on WCVB Ch 5 news (Pics n info available at thebostonchannel).
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Route 24 in Fall River is closed due to river flooding over the road. There was a mudslide, n a huge road sink-hole washout. In Free town a whole 1k home neighborhood is cut-off without a passable road. Middleboro is also getting flooded. (These places are just a short drive away from me here). Some of the stores my company delivers to will be affected.
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The Sudbury, Assonet, Blackstone, Charles Rivers are all above flood stage n have so many folks at their mercy, a State of Emergency's been declared in those areas. Rhode Island is also seeing historic flooding in the Pawtuxet River zone.

Photo by SnaggleTooth March 2010 It all translates to more lost school time, homes, business, jobs, n trouble with insurance companies. So much trouble in so little time...
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I'm feeling very fortunate to live where I do, because this place hasn't been so affected. Knowing about it sure makes me want a rowboat tied to the porch tho...
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(Pics are the town center wharf, n the flood at the golf course on the way to fav beach after the rain two weeks ago.)
I also reported on MA state flooding in May 2006 on ESR . This week I'm having a heck of a time staying online, btw- (just got a power out during this posting!) Just keep swimming...

9 Comments:

At 7:19 AM, Blogger Lynn said...

My goodness - that is terrible. Hope you don't have to swim, Snaggle!

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger TALON said...

It's incredible how things change so quickly! I'm glad you're okay for now, but maybe the rowboat isn't a bad idea!

 
At 6:27 PM, Blogger G said...

Got some major flooding down here in the past couple of days, with the Connecticut river cresting and some major washouts of roads, apartment complexes, etc.

Glad to hear you haven't been affected too much by it.

Rowboat...man that is pure genius.

 
At 11:40 PM, Blogger Snaggle Tooth said...

Lynn, I've heard of so many folks put out of home n work due to flood these past two days- it's horrible. Here so far we are OK

Talon, It's making me feel way less secure not to have a boat. Unfortunately a decent 8-foot dingy goes for about $800 these days.

G, I heard today that in Western MA at least the CT River wasn't over flood stage. Sorry to hear affected areas are near your place too. It helps to live near mountains for sure- alot to be said for high ground! tho detours n traffic jams are sure inconvenient- having to paddle out may be a bit more stressful-

 
At 9:19 AM, Blogger LL Cool Joe said...

Flooding can cause such damage. :( We live on the top of a hill, literally, so we don't get flooded as such but we do get terrible weather conditions with the wind causing a great deal of damage.

 
At 11:16 AM, Blogger ... Paige said...

or at minimum a life raft kept in the closet.

 
At 12:49 PM, Blogger Blue Bunny said...

deer snaggils, i iz so glad you lives on a bit of a hill. butt such devastashion for others.

i wonders how mischiff wood do in a rowbote? did she evir goes wit yoo? i loves botes.

i sends luv.

bb
xo

 
At 12:55 AM, Blogger wsxwhx727 said...

IS VERY GOOD..............................

 
At 3:59 AM, Blogger Snaggle Tooth said...

LLcoolJ, The damage is very widespread this week. Many major highways shut down, bridges, n dams besides the flooded businesses n homes. I'm on a hill too- Wind messes with the deck all the time.

Paige, I keep thinking a rubber raft would be difficult with a cat! Don't have one- but got an inflatable mattress bed! Do want a real rowboat...

BB, the cute little ones are right down this hill- I do worry about them. Never took Mis on a boatride- n she hates the truck. Would need the kitty-carrier to avoid frightened claws. Tanks

wsxwhx727, thanks. Apparently I can't read some of your text which looks like dots or blocks. You may want to switch to a more common type-face for other folks to read.

 

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