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Some rain must fall

The local run runneth over.

Into each life some rain must fall. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Well, it’s been an interesting few weeks in northern Virginia. First the earthquake, then the hurricane, and now the flooding. Let the political jokes commence.

While my area of town hasn’t had the drastic flooding that some areas around D.C. are suffering, it was bad enough that my husband had to try three routes into the neighborhood (of three), before he could get home, and now we’re stuck until the water recedes.

My kids are excited because school is canceled. First week and they already want a day off. Jeez.

Given my history with natural disasters, I’m sure you won’t be surprised to find that this isn’t the first time I’ve been trapped in a flood, but you might be surprised to learn that the last one was in Arizona. Tucson, 1983, to be exact. The worst flood in the city’s history, which caused $64 million in damages and killed four people.*

All that with only 6-7 inches of rain over a five day period.

In a place where the ground is so dry that it can’t absorb the water, the desert floor acts like concrete, funneling water over land and filling the dry riverbeds and washes in, well, a flash. The washes didn’t necessarily overflow—though they ran high—instead, the banks crumbled sweeping away whatever sat on the land above.

So, here I am, trapped again by high water. But safe, surrounded by my family, and on high ground.

That’s all that really matters.

*Pima County Regional Flood Control District (http://rfcd.pima.gov/outreach/flooding/)

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  1. Reply

    I’m glad you all are safe, too. And we would LOVE the water down here in Texas. My husband and I live in Austin where all the fires are, and we’ve been just praying that one of the hurricanes or tropical storms will come our way. (We thankfully have not been too near any of the fires. The largest is 90 miles away, and the one 5 miles from our home was small and contained in a couple of hours.)

    When (if?) it does rain, we’ll almost certainly be in danger of flash flooding. We’ve had 3/10ths of an inch of rain all year in central Texas. Apparently we are always susceptable to flash floods, but this year is likely to be particularly bad, assuming the rain ever does come. There are flash flood awareness campaigns and every year a number of people get stranded or drown because they ignore common sense. It always seems to be someone in a truck or SUV who thinks they can cross a road covered in 2 feet of rushing water.

    Still, we need the rain that the East Coast is getting, and I hope some shows up soon.

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      I’ve been thinking about you down in TX, Kali. We’d love to send you some of our rain! I’m glad you’re safe from the fires.

      When we lived in California there was always a vicious cycle of fire, rain, mud slide. I’ll send you some rainy thoughts though. Just enough to put out fires and wet things down, but not enough for flash floods. =)

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        Thank you. I don’t know that there’s too much worry about mud slides down here, but I’m honestly not certain. I think it’s generally too flat for that particular worry. The fire is doing enough damage on its own, though.

  2. Curtis

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    Gwen,
    Hope the water has receded and not left to much of a mess.

    I have two sons and a niece that live in Austin, TX. Fire has been the menace there. The niece had to evacuate for a few days.

    I finally gave up on getting to the book store. Ordered the following.
    Did I get close with my selections?

    Brockmann “The Unsung Hero” ( Troubleshooters, Book 1)
    Gerard, “With No Remorse” ( I think this is her latest.)

    • Reply

      We’re good here, Curtis, but how scary for your family! I hope their homes survive.

      I think your choices are good ones. I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts. 🙂

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