Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Water, Water every where

...Nor any drop to drink.

The pictures below are from Rotary Gardens in Janesville , taken a month ago. Many parts of Southern Wisconsin saw more than 100 inches of snow this past winter, which resulted in widespread flooding once it all melted. With rivers and lakes already swollen, you can imagine how critical things are after the heavy rains and severe storms of the past weekend. The situation has become dire in some areas as dams are breached, and roads, bridges and houses washed away. Hundreds have been evacuated. Sadly, with more rain possible throughout the next week, the situation is only going to get worse.


Annalee Blysse said...

I've seen some footage from the flood on the news. The first time I visited Minnesota it started raining very hard. Rain so heavy that I swear I could have soaped up and showered outside. It was nearly a constant stream of water. That summer the Mississippi flooded bad a week or so later. I didn't see any of the end result as my vacation ended and I'd flown home already. But, it was my first experience in rains like that. Hope all is well. Nice to see people pulling together on the news and helping each other and their communities fight the flood waters.

Heather said...

Yes, definitely nice to see people pull together in times like this rather than looting and taking advantage of the disadvantaged. One local TV station (ABC affiliate) is holding a fundraiser all day Thursday for the Badger chapter of the Red Cross. Rather fitting that it should fall on a day when communities across Southern Wisconsin can see an additional 3 or more inches of rain. *whimper*

Maggie Nash said...

Oh Heather....I am seeing some very scary and dramatic footage of houses floating down floodways in Wisconsin.

You all have my prayers and thoughts

Stay safe


Heather said...

Thanks, Maggie! It is pretty horrible, though Madison has certainly faired better than other areas. The lakes are dangerously high, and some people (my friend Kim and me) have flooded basements, but at least we haven't lost everything we own.

As I type this it has just started to rain and a severe t-storm alert has been issued. *sigh* Here we go again!