Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Water and more water

Steve was on the news on Sunday night. There was a shot of him filling sandbags to try to hold back flooding in Ellinwood. Dad said they have had over 9 inches of rain in less than 48 hours. While the tornado spared the town, the rain didn't.

Daddy called late Sunday night and told me to watch the news because Steve would be on it. So, I watched. The shot of Steve was a panoramic shot scanning lots of people filling, loading, and moving sand bags. We sat and looked and watched, and saw lots of men in baseball caps and one lone guy wearing a cowboy hat. Guess which one was Steve. Yep, the guy in the cowboy hat. But, that was the extent of his TV debut. I tivo'd it--just in case he missed seeing it, or in case Mom and Dad didn't get to see it.

The south-central portion of the state was just hammered with rain this past weekend. Storms rolled through on Friday night, again on Saturday night and some still rolled through on Sunday. All that rain, all those tornadoes, all that destruction...

Daddy said they had almost 3 inches out at the farm. That's great! Especially when you consider that during Noah's flood, they only got 1/4 of an inch. (Ha, old family joke!) Northern Clark County got over 6 inches. Sand Creek, which runs north of town, was bank full. The Cimarron River, which runs 3 miles south of town was 9 feet deep. Normally, Sand Creek is dry and The Cimarron has water in it 3-4 months each spring. That water is usually a foot deep, 3 feet deep in low spots. It tends to be real quick-sandy too, so 9 feet is a big deal. I think the last time it had that much water in it was back in the late 1930's, early 1940's.

Water, water everywhere, and I'm not there to see it.

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