Friday, June 13, 2008

Dear Mother Nature, that's enough rain. Thanks. Love, Iowa

Ever the insufferably cheerful sort that can always be
counted on to look for the bright spot, let me begin by saying....
it is a very good day to be a fish in Iowa.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way and honored my 2nd grade teacher who taught me that I should always try and say something nice, let's get to the down and dirty.

It is a very bad day to live in Iowa.
It's a bad day to try and get to work. It's a scary day if you live here in Des Moines and an officer knocked on your door this morning and invited you to immediately evacuate your home. It's worse to live in Cedar Rapids, where your home is under water all the way up to the roof. It's bad to be a farmer watching a zillion little corn plants float away. It's a bad day to be a worker whose employer is under water and may not ever reopen. It's a bad day to be a CNN reporter who thought you'd left misery in Iowa behind you when you busted camp after the caucuses held in our frigid January. (Welcome back. Hope you can stay for the mosquitoes.)

It's a deceptive day.
The sun is shining bright in a brilliant blue sky, there is a great breeze pushing random puffy clouds from West to East. It looks like a picnic kind of day. A great day to ride your bike.Unfortunately, just over that hill over there are flood waters that have lifted ducks up high enough that they are swimming in the treetops. We've been through floods here before so we know this is the dramatic part, the tense part. These are the nail-biting hours. The adrenalin days and the sleepless nights.

Later, it's just plain hard work.

If you want to know how things are going in general, go to our local news source for great photos, video coverage and Army Corps of Engineer maps that will tell you more than you ever wanted to know about flood plains, sandbagging and earthen levies.

Me and my family?? We're high and dry.
My daughter volunteered sandbagging all day. My son had to haul carpet out of his basement because it's wet from water seeping in from the saturated ground. We're the lucky ones who suffer only inconvenience. Our friends and neighbors, notsomuch.

We've got trouble. Big trouble.
Thanks for your thoughts and your prayers.


Smiles! Becca said...

you all are in our thoughts and prayers for sure.(((((hug)))))

Gabi said...

Yeah we got it pretty bad here in CR too! My family is also high and dry but the destruction is just unreal isn't it???