I'm told that the damage our area sustained was due to a Tropical storm named Lowell, and then Hurricane Ike riding Up North together. Whatever it was we received 10 inches of rain in two days which puts us at 13 inches of surplus precipitation for the year. Roads were closed - major ones, and now I hear that this bridge - our main link to the expressway and church will be closed until December. I also heard this morning that there is a HUGE sink hole on another of our main roads. This is nothing compared to the damage of homes - many had 6 feet or more in their basements and are now deemed uninhabitable.
This is my Mom standing in front of a barrier of sand and cement blocks meant to keep the water from flooding our area - she asked is blog worthy? She was here along with my Dad for another serious reason - maybe I'll post on that another day. Maybe
With the expressway closed there was an eerie kinda quiet around here - except for the helicopters constantly filming and surveying.
Having the inquiring mind I do - I had to check out one of the pump stations along my regular walk. The Little Calumet was 3 feet above flood stage and they were still pumping into it. I've never seen the water this high.
I climbed over the sand and stood on the bridge last week to get a better look myself - risking being ticketed - I was told. I got this beautiful photo.