Thursday, March 1, 2018

They Called It A 500 Year Flood

The flooding in our area made the national news.  We received 6 inches of rain in two days.  That would translate to between 50 - 60 inches of snow if it had been  cold.  The rain melted the foot of snow that was already on the ground when the rain started.  The Elkhart/St. Joseph river began spilling over onto land as they reached flood stage level.  This first picture is of the small creek that wanders though the area and dumps into the St. Joseph River bay three blocks down the road where I live.  I live on the high side of the river.  My road drops about 15 feet just before the bay.
This is a picture taken from the bridge over the creek.  The creek would be on the right side of the picture.  This is the back yard of a home that is about 100 feet from the creek bed.  You can see a shed in the background showing the water level more than 1/2 way to the roof.  I have lived in this area since 1976.  I have only seen this house flooded one time back in the early 80s, but it was not this high.
This picture shows the back of the house.  The water was surrounding the house as far as I could see when we pulled forward a little.  The news interviewed the owner who has lived there before we moved to this area.  It showed what he had done since the last flood to keep the creek out if flooding should happen again.  But still he had about knee high in the lower level that is not a basement, but part of the living area.  The water has receded leaving an unbelievable amount of sand behind on this homeowner's land.  The head of Homeland Security toured our area and declared Elkhart a disaster area. 

I have been in a bit of depression.  Different than I can ever remember.  The kind that sends you to bed to sleep the day away.  Peaceful sleep that calms your mind but gives you crazy dreams.  Luckily it passed and I am back to normal with renewed ambition.

My grandson and his family have bought a house.  It's really temporary because they will be moving from the area at the end of the school year.  At that time, he will rent it to his best friend who's apartment lease will expire at just about that time.  On one hand I am so glad to have an empty nest again.  On the other hand I'll miss them and all of Nic's antics.  But if I had a scale, the pro side would definitely tip the scale.

Terry has suffered yet ANOTHER bought of the flu.  It's been a bad winter for us all health wise. 

Today I am grateful for Terry. His recent health issues have had me worried. 

24 comments:

jinxxxygirl said...

Oh Carol !!! I'm glad to hear you personally have escaped the worst of the flooding... Its rained alot here too but nothing close to yours.. I'm still thankful for living on a hill.. lol Amazing photos you posted.. Our Beaver Lake is full again after being so low all Fall and Winter..

I'm happy your feeling more like yourself. and sorry that Terry has been down with the flu again.. Knock on wood we have escaped it so far.. double knock on wood because its without a flu shot.. Take care hugs! deb

Mary Ann Tate said...

Nothing worse than a flood and the cleanup afterwards. We had one very bad spring with tons of snow melt off and lots of rain. The backyard was under water. I remember standing on my back deck with the water lapping gentley against it and considering buying a canoe. I can laugh about it now but it wasn't so funny at the time. We had a foot of water in the basement. What a mess.

barbara woods said...

i'm thankful for my hubby, my rock

Cathy said...

So sorry to hear about the flooding in your area, but glad you are high and dry. The day you described for yourself - depression and sleeping was also my day yesterday. We were supposed to go visit our friends Mike and Terri today. Mike is Bruce’s lifelong best friend and fellow Muddy Gutter Boy. But Mike went into hospice on Monday and the family was gathering ‘round. Mike died yesterday. We’re numb. hugs to you and Terry!!

Pamela said...

The flu has been very bad where I live. Quite a few of my students have been out with it. I don't remember any one missing class with the flu last year.

Flooding causes so much damage.Hope the waters are receding now.

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Wow that is some flooding. I am glad you live on the high side. Stay safe. Another Wow that you have your house all to yourself again. Nice indeed. So sorry Terry has been so sick this winter. Hope he gets better very soon. Hugs

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Carol ~ I'm glad your home was not flooded but my heart goes out to those who did suffer flooding. I hope it all goes down soon.

I pray that Terry will soon be well.

Glad your depression lifted. I was hit with it for about 3 months last summer, I think losing my husband and reality really kicked in. It lifted and I am so thankful for that. God has been my strength and I've been motivated to do things again.

Love, hugs & prayers for both of you ~ FlowerLady

Robbie said...

Goodness!!!! When it rains, it pours! Sorry...I couldn't resist...now to be serious...I am so sorry hubby has the flu again! Geeezzzz he needs to be careful...as do you. Glad the kids are being wise enough to purchase a home as an investment! Good for them...

Our kids live in Mitchell, IN. I haven't talked with them to see if rain is hitting there. My kids in MI are expecting 5-9 inches of snow tonight!

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol glad you are safe we have had bad flooding in Queensland,how lovely your GS has bought a new house,great start for them.
Glad you are feeling better now Carol and i hope your hubby is back to normal soon xx

Jan said...

I well remember when we had a supposedly 500 year flood. It has happened twice more since then. Amazing how the years fly by. Glad your home is higher than the flood water. Many people around here raised their homes after that first flood. Sorry to hear you were feeling depressed but glad you are past it. Health issues as we grow older are always a concern, hope this is the last illness to hit your family for the rest of the winter. Take care.

Anonymous said...

So glad you are safe and sound!

jenclair said...

Wow! We had a 500 year flood two years ago, and the damage is unbelievable for those who had their homes flooded. Entire neighborhoods needed boats to get in and out. I'm glad you are on the high side of the river, Carol! I'm afraid that 500 year floods may no longer be 500 years apart due to climate change.

Hope Terry is doing better!

Barbara said...

Saw your comment on Penny’s blog, Carol. You hit it right, EVERYTHING is in turmoil. The weather will change quickly, but not the rest of it!

Studio Maywyn said...

Prayers for Everyone's Health & Safety
Those photos are scary.

Sandra said...

Oh my, I do hope Spring will arrive soon and bring some sunshine and warming days to your area. We lived through the flood of our town in 2011; we were safe but it caused so much damage and so many lost their homes. It really makes you realize how much to appreciate what we have on a daily basis and know that things can change. Blessings to you and your family and best wishes that all things will be good. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

We have snow and you have floods - that sounds like the opposite of what usually happens! Your neighbour is relatively lucky that he has sand. The worst of flooding here, in towns, is that houses fill with water contaminated with sewage :( For this reason (flooding, rather than sewage specifically) we always choose houses on hills. Still, though, they keep building on flood plains and old water meadows. Every time there's a major flood (almost yearly) you'd think they would stop doing that, but no! I'm glad you are feeling back to normal now. It may be you were exhausted from everything being so busy in your house lately and that you really needed that sleep. I hope you and Terry manage to see the Winter out with no more illness now. I think at this time of year, just before Spring, everyone is a bit dragged down by all the cold and darkness and that once Spring arrives we all get more energy again. I hope so anyway :) Hugs x

Deepa said...

I hope Terry gets better soon and the depression doesn't strike again. It is not a good feeling at all. I hope you are taking your vitamins, especially the "D" . I can personally vouch the good effect they have on the mind :)
Praying for a dry weekend and a safe one too.

Susan said...

What a mess, and how stressful! The flooding in the area is bad enough, but to get the flu again. Ugh! Is it the same strain he had before? The one I had was so awful, I hope I never see it again. I'm sorry you were feeling so depressed, but at least your body got to rest and it's gone now. Sometimes things just pile up on us and we need to let the mind do what it needs, such as sleep.

Julie said...

Winter in the Midwest has been long and dark this year. I get outside every day I see sun, and lift my face to it for a few minutes. I watched my classmates in northern Sweden do this as a teenage exchange student, and did not understand so much at that time. It was my first bout of SAD, and I learned. It seems like a nothing thing, but it helps. This winter has been the best so far. We are also seeing the rain and flooding in Ohio. 'How high is the river?', is synonymous with 'Good morning.' I hope you stay dry, and well.

Debra said...

I'm so sorry about the flood in your area. They are devastating. I know first hand from my grandparents. They went through the flood of 1972 near Elmira, NY. Water was a foot high in their living room. Since it was from the river-the mud stunk for ages after we cleaned up. There were cows floating down the water, houses, cars...It pretty much put an end to Elmira as a thriving city. It's now a dump-a place for drive by shootings and it looks like an abandoned city-even with the valiant efforts of city planners. I hope Terry will be healthy soon.

Momma Bear said...

Wow! that's a lot of water. 500 year floods are happening more like every 10-20 years and the nobab's in charge are ignoring the problem like its going to go away -.- Its enough to make anyone depressed.
It gets concerning when our so's have health problems, bad enough when it's me. Adam had an "Episode" the day before we were due to come home, with his MS, He sAys, it not a concern unless it's been 24 hours or more. -.-
I SAY, 1/2 the day is bad enough! but I'm there to help him deal with it, right? I'm officially not allowed to freak out until the proscribed time is up. well fucknutz.

allthingzsewn said...

So glad to hear the flooding did not get your home. We were blessed as well.
creeks on both sides were overflowing in some spots but ran down our drive way. Don had to grade the drive and we will add gravel after spring. Praise God that this bout with depression was a short one.
Enjoy this beautiful sunny Sunday.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

It looks like another storm weathered there, literally. So much havoc being wrecked all over the place with weather this year. Is it all getting worse? I don't know.
And the flu is still making records but our local hospital just announced they are noticing a decline now finally. Tony is still very tired and lacks stamina; he has been sleeping lots but is not depressed-thankfully.
Sorry you had been feeling low and fingers crossed, it is a temporary thing. This time of year can get anyone down.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I can't imagine the devastation of a flooded home but it seems to be happening so much these days. Serves as a lesson to the rest of us not to buy or build a home that close to water. So sorry Terry has been down again with that miserable bug - Jack had a relapse too. Glad your family is making their way - I'm sure they need some space to themselves to start their new life together.