The Next Day

We are across the river and back at home. The photo above is a pasture along the river that was flooded quite a distance away. We went over the bridge at the high water crest, which I thought was a rather terrifying experience, especially after we were stopped on the bridge by state troopers who were supposed to be managing a single lane but made us stop to let the other lane through before we were off. Water was flowing all around.

There is no electricity but we’ve managed to find a generator, so the water is running and the lights and internet are on. There is very little news on the rising river at the moment. I know there are quite a few people trapped by high water who are in despair over the apparent lack of concern from the media and the local government, but on the other hand there are still emergency workers on long shifts out there rescuing folks. It’s a tough situation, no doubt, and I feel blessed that the heat and humidity are the worst of our troubles for now.

It’s strange that three days later, many people are still at the mercy of the storm. The river is expected to reach a crest at the lower bridge (remember, I said it crested earlier further north) by this evening, and then the water should recede. If the dam holds out til Wednesday or so, ┬áit will be much less of a threat. In the meantime, there is a lot of anxious waiting and no doubt the effects of the storm will be felt for a long time either way.

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