Monday, June 9, 2008

A few views after the flooding...

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We are starting on my husband's first full week of retirement. It still has not sunk in that he is not on vacation or something. He stayed very busy the first few days he was off. On one of the days last week, one of the 'bosses' asked Rachel what she thought her dad would think if they called him in to work...I forget what was broken/not working, but they were missing him.
However, he has missed a lot of excitement by being retired...his former place of employment almost lost their new powerhouse. They sandbagged the place today, and also hired someone with a backhoe to dig a big drainage ditch around the powerhouse. They also had to lock down because they lost the alarms on the fence.
We mowed the yard this morn--I did most of it while he repaired our outside light fixtures. There was a little bit of the yard left to do, and I have had a stupid cold or allergies or something, till I just let him finish. He feels weird with me mowing the yard, but the only time I haven't mowed the yard was during the last few years I worked. So I feel weird if I don't mow it.

After doing that, and a couple household chores we decided to go get a bite to eat. I took my camera 'just in case.' And walked outside and immediately knew I was going to be happy to have it along. We wanted to go on a drive in a nearby county, but I was not sure the roads were open...the paper said they were closed unless for emergency. And I firmly believe in staying out of the way when so much else is going on.
So instead we went for a little drive near here...and these are pictures of some that I saw....for one thing, the only brick road I know of. You can tell that the water was up and over it by looking at the plants laid down by the flow of water. This is not a place I see when it rains, so don't know if this is normal or out of the ordinary.

But I feel confident that the fields had been planted, and I think they are a loss. Poor farmers. There is all that expense of seed, etc. plus all the time it took to get the crops in the ground. So much time and labor lost.


Neal said...

I went over to a couple's house (who goes to our church) today and worked most of the day. They had around 18 inches of water in their house. You can't imagine the mess. They have insurance to cover the structure but not the contents so it's going to cost them a lot to get back to where they were. Water had to be around feet deep in the street for it to get up in their house like it did.This picture sort of tells the whole story for Indiana.

Barb said...

Oh my what a sad scene in the fields, those farmers will have a tough year! Makes me sad to see this situation!

On a better note, I love the pictures of "the boys" on your previous entry -- they look very healthy and makes me just want to pet them!

Carletta said...

What pictures Rose!
I noticed yesterday when I was out the river had stayed high a long time because the mud was caked on the green grass above the banks this time. We're expecting rain again tomorrow (Tues).
I love that last photo of the sky and the water in the field.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I can't imagine how discouraged the farmers who've lost their crops must feel. All that work...POOF!

Glad you're OK!

Andrea said...

That is so sad. Glad you are okay.
Hope your husband enjoys his retirement.

Suzi-k said...

have enjoyed scrolling through your recent posts, that one of the river under the covered bridge is amazing, natural disasters are always such a strange mix of human loss and savage beauty! Those skywatch clouds are wondeful!