Thursday, August 2, 2012

Seeing it with my own eyes

So I have mentioned here briefly a couple times about the flooding going on the state. I talked most about it on facebook. In a matter of 2-3 days almost 3 feet of rain fell in the northeastern parts of the state. Many many cities, communities, and homes were affected. Some stuff was televised such as the damage in Duluth. The zoo suffered major loss of life and property. Some animals even escaped during the storms. Whole roads and houses were washed away. Now the reason this is such a big deal here is that we deal with flooding in MN. Yearly. However the only time we ever have flooding here is in the spring and its from snow melting into the rivers and it never last very long. This was in a completely different part of the state. A part that hasnt seen a flood in over 70 years. It was all very odd. And the fact that we are now at week 3 and counting and some things are still completely under water is worse. Yes the water has gone down, 3 feet its gone down in some spots. Unfortunately its is not enough yet. Things are still suffering due to this flooding and length of time its taking for it to recede completely.

My family happens to live in one of these areas where this is all happening right now. Their houses and property have all been safe so far due to the high ground that surrounds them but so many of their friends and other loved ones are losing all their possesions. Its so sad!

I took a drive around on the 15th to see what it looked like 3 weeks after it happened and this is what is going on now.
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This is the recreational area and campsite areas at the Dam in McGregor. Completely submereged. The water here I think is maybe 3 or 4 feet deep.
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The stains here that you can see on the walls of the Dam are where the water was at its highest so it's come down some but its still rushing through here pretty fast.
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Docks and picnic tables under water.
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This sadly is a common site throughout the area.
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If you look at the bottom of the tree line you will notice its brown. That is where the water was.
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A mud slide here from all the heavy rain. flooding
This may look like just a puddle but really there is part of the road missing. This area is closed and people with homes past this spot still have not been able to get back there.
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And now so my whole post is not depressing here's a sweet deer we saw on the way home. (actually I saw 6 but I could only get a shot of this one)

Also the lost of habitat due to this is so sad. The shores are littered with dead fish and snails and turtles. It's a smell I can't even begin to describe to you. All the grass and is black and dead it's really not very pretty up north right now.

So thanks for reading through this post. I really wanted to share this as its not something I'm likely to see in my lifetime again. At least I hope not.

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