Thursday, June 12, 2008

And so it continues...

It's not gettin' any better around here. In fact, it's only going to get worse around here. R is at the hospital at work, and though our house is fortunately perfectly dry (but I'm still knocking on wood), I'm not sure how he's gonna get home in the morning due to the road closures. Of course, nurses can't exactly work from home. ETA: The main route from the hospital to our house has now experienced a breach at the confluence of a local creek and the Iowa River leading to flooding of the road and one of my favorite eatery.

As I type, the skies still a-thunderin', and it looks like it could rain more yet tonight. ETA: It's pouring. Again.

I finally broke down and just went out to buy some bottled water and batteries for our flashlights. I'm not sure that we'll lose power, but loss of water is a little more likely.

Unfortunately the damage isn't confined to a small area. In fact, there is tremendous flooding across the state, the tornado damage that remains from the Memorial Day weekend storms northwest of here, and the tragic tornado that hit the Boy Scout camp last night. The Cedar River has shut down Waterloo and Cedar Rapids and will soon force an unprecedented closing of Interstate 80 east of here (susbsequently a 100 mile detour for travelers). And the Iowa River flooding is now projected to be much worse than yesterday's projections. They've stopped guessing how high it will get, but they don't think it will crest until sometime late next week. Not good. Homes, businesses, and a chunk of the U of I campus are threatened. And in Des Moines the Des Moines River and Raccoon River (which flows right by hometown) are also causing damage. As we would say in my field, we are in the middle of a significant force majeure event.

The pictures from Cedar Rapids today are amazing. We spent the day at work constantly refreshing the local websites, and hearing from those working at home or traveling through that the pictures were devastating. It's absolutely amazing.

It was an awful, brutal winter, and it's proving to be a an even worse spring. Send us some good thoughts. While I don't personally need them, the State could.

5 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Knittripps said...

I'm glad to hear that you are safe and dry. I am glued to the news and in awe. Let's hope we get a bit of sun soon.

Debbie said...

I'm stopping on the way home for batteries and food that doesn't need cooking in case we lose power. We've got day shift people calling in asking if the building is still open. If not they haven't told us, plus half the IMU is moving in with us. (Exaggeration of course, but the bookstore is).

Ordinarily I enjoy a good thunderstorm, but enough already.

And I'm sure you know that one of the workarounds for nurses who might not be able to get to work is that they don't go home. UIHC says they have beds for everybody who has to stay. I'm crossing my fingers for you.

Libby said...

Hopefully, he'll make it home. He'd rather sleep in his home bed. However, he's volunteering to work this weekend if needed since he has a short, bikeable commute and others aren't as lucky.

My sister is also at work tonight. She took a change of clothes just in case, but she's hoping she'll at least make it home as well.

inadvertentgardener said...

I am thinking two things: I feel like I got out of Iowa City just in time, and I am going to cry/throw up/gnash my teeth. Seriously. This is awful, and I feel terrible for everyone there, and it seems like, after that awful, awful winter, that everyone deserves some sort of break.

Hang in there. I hope Rykert gets home and that you guys don't have to deal with too many inconveniences in the coming days...although based on forecasts, it doesn't seem like that's the case...

Emily said...

Hi. It's the sister. I think I have a route home... but that depends on all the day shift making it in this morning... oh, and the place to sleep the hospital is offering to staff are cots in the Melrose Dining Room.

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