Above Water … For Now

Blogging light for a day or two, I’d say. We live on the west side of town, a few miles away from the river. Our neighborhood has been spared the worst of the flooding. My wife and I were dumping more than a dozen loads of wet vac from the basement well into the early morning. The rains stopped and our poor overworked pump finally kicked back in around 2AM. Still have to finish our second clean-up this summer.

About half my colleagues were unable to get to the church today. Many roads were closed near the university and on the east side of town. The image above (credit: Amy Vinchattle/Ames Tribune) is about three blocks east of the parish. The block past the traffic light on the right is where performing arts and athletic venues are located.

The water supply may be contaminated, so the boil order has been issued. Our water lines are currently dry–nothing to boil unless I want to tap the dehumidifier in the basement. But for now, we have power and I don’t think we’re looking at significant rain for a few days. I think the river was cresting this afternoon, so once officials check the water supply, we may be past the worst.

Update: The university will close tomorrow. As Iowa State goes, so goes the Catholic Student Center. So I’ll be home tomorrow, cleaning up the basement.

From what I’ve seen on the news, tv and net, they say isolated places have been hit worse than the floods of ’93. The city has power, but water is definitely contaminated they say. We might get tap water by tomorrow for washing. But the expectation is to boil till next Tuesday at least.  Restaurants are voluntarily closing in the city. There was a run on bottled water at the grocery this afternoon.

We’re actually sitting pretty fortunate here. We have power, and with another heat wave day on the way, that’s a blessing for us and for nearly all of our city. We’ve got a wet vac full of basement water we can use for flushing toilets. There’s a dehumidifier I can tap for boiling water. We can respect the recommendation not to use the tap until they get their work done.

Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes. I know others in Iowa communities are really suffering losses of home and possessions. May God be with us all in the days ahead.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to Above Water … For Now

  1. Prayers from the west coast winging for your welfare and family’s, Todd, the parish, university and city as well.

  2. Patti says:

    Not fun. We went through something similar in March; actually, our road was closed for a month because a culvert about 0.5 mile from us collapsed. Of course, now we’re having the worst drought I’ve ever seen.

    Life is strange.

    Stay safe.

  3. John Donaghy says:

    Prayers from Honduras! I’ve seen some of the photos – it looks worse than the July 1993 floods.

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