Friday, March 23, 2007

We're Next To River Street

This is Thursday’s blog, late overnight.

Yep, we’re right next to River Street. Beautiful view of the wandering, fairly low-level waterway that meanders from somewhere in, I guess, New York State down to the Chesapeake Bay. You need to be up a few floors to get the best location for looking up and down, as we are right at a bend; it’s beautiful.

The other day, as the snow melted upstream, the river rose to 24 feet. That’s, uh, let’s see … two feet above the river bank. Not a good idea, especially for people who live on, or near, River Street. Fortunately, we have a dike system that protects us to about 41 feet. All we have to worry about are the earthen dikes holding against the pressure of the water, especially right around here where there are two major bends in the river.

A few years ago, the dike broke in two of those bends; one of them was at a cemetery and people found caskets while cleaning out their flooded homes.

Anyway, the river has been running at 2 feet for the longest time, then rose to 4 feet for a while. Then, practically overnight (perhaps in two days), it rose to 24 feet. Over the course of the next few days, it gradually dropped to eight feet, but looking at the graph tonight (the gage is very close to us), I notice that it’s started to rise sharply.

My house is one block from River Street, but up enough of a hill so we will sleep tonight unless we see pairs of animals...


Blogger Cold Josh Vail said...

Where you're living, if you have flood problems, the entire eastern U.S. will be under water except Back Mountain................

March 24, 2007 7:32 AM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

I figure, the day we see water start lapping over Mountaintop, I'll do my last blog, broadcast the last Radio Home Visitor, forget about cleaning my room and think of what a disaster movie this would make.

March 24, 2007 3:36 PM  

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