We have had quite a bit of rain in the last week – either in the form of light snow, rain, or ice. Since I live right across from the St. Marys River, and I flooded in July 2003, June 2004, and January 2005, I tend to keep my eye on it. After going through three floods in a year and a half, I have learned the “dynamics” – if you will – of the river and when I need to worry.
I have learned that if it rains fairly heavily for days in a row with no letup, then I probably am in trouble. If, however, a day or two goes by with no rain, then I breathe a sigh of relief because I know the river will slowly lower. I watch the ups and downs of the river as it adjusts itself to try to carry off excess water.
Across from my home yesterday- the river still has about two feet to the edge of the road – not to worry yet!
Today – a little higher – still not worrying too much, but it would be nice if the rain let up.
Looking west – a little more leeway – obviously not real flowers in the porch boxes!
Even though it can be agonizing watching the weather and wondering when the rain will stop, I wouldn’t trade my home for anything.
And, now that the City has determined that it can’t build a wall cost effectively to protect only four or five basements – something I had argued to them for about three years – Thieme Drive is safe for a little longer. Until they try to bring in the big boys that is – the Corps of Engineers. But that is another post.