Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Rain, Rain, Go Away ...and don'tcha come back no more....

All we can do is laugh, and wait to see what our Iowa monsoon season brings us. It's been raining for weeks here. I actually went today and stocked up on bottled water. It's that bad. Our waterworks building is being sandbagged and supposedly the levy isn't expected to hold. The government officials swear it will be fine. I say better safe than sorry. No water = buying super expensive premade formula instead of powder. Oh how our lives and priorities have changed. :)

Here's an excerpt from the local news:

"June 10, 2008--Officials are starting to take more drastic measures to protect the metro from flooding. Floodwaters are expected to top Saylorville Lake's emergency spillway tonight, sending a surge of water into Des Moines.

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say they'll start lowering the crest gates sometime tonight. Once that happens, twice the amount of water will flow out of Saylorville. The Corps says it will then take about 12 hours for the water to reach downtown Des Moines.
To prepare for expected flooding downtown, city officials are stepping up preparations. First, they're closing bridges on the Des Moines River in downtown Des Moines. Barricades were put up at Walnut Street Bridge at 2:00 p.m. The Locust Street, Grand Avenue and Court Avenue bridges will close at 6:00 p.m. The hope is that closing the bridges will prevent water from flowing into downtown.

City crews are trying to fill everywhere water could break through, no matter how small, and sandbag walls are being built to keep the river in the channel. Further upriver, the brand new Polk County office building that stands where the old Euclid Target stood, is being emptied. Employees for Polk County Veterans Affairs, Juvenile Courts, and the Sheriff's Department have taken out everything from brand new furniture to brand new vending machines. They're being transferred to other county buildings, as is all their paperwork."

So... do we build an Arc? Katen loves water. ...and animals!

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