Monday, May 6, 2019

Wind, Rain, Floods, and Tornadoes

This is the road leading to our home.  It is my favorite scene.
But with all this green comes the water to support it.

The homeschool group we attend meets near Springfield.  The whole family went and we made a day of it.  While shopping, sirens came on and a tornado warning was issued for the following 45 minutes.  We headed to the restaurant and thought we would be fine.  The short drive was uneventful and dinner was great.

Our drive home was intense.  Rain, rain, heavy, heavy rain.  White knuckles!

The town north of us, Ava, was filled with water as we drove through.  Water everywhere.  Much of the grassy areas looked like ponds. The small trickling creeks looked like small raging rivers.

I started getting texts asking if we were okay.

We turned of the main highway to find a fallen tree across the road and downed lines.

There was debris (leaves, pine needles, twigs, dirt) all over the road and fallen trees were a very common sight.

branches broken and hanging on wires

a tree fell on a shed

two huge trees were uprooted

a tree down over a fence

I began to wonder, no fear, what state we would find our house in.
We turned onto our dirt road and there was very little water, not even standing water in the bigger potholes.  It looked as if the storm had not hit our immediate area.  We arrived to find all was well with our house.  It was raining, but not hard at all.  No flooding, no water in our ditch.  Wheew.  We dodged that one.

More and more texts asking if we were okay.....  I quickly learned that a tornado had touched down right where we had turned off of the main highway, about 4.5 miles from our house.  (The fallen tree in the road now made much more sense.)  And another tornado touched down in Ava.  And another, near our highway turn off.  Um.  We were just there!  The reality of destruction and tornadoes became very real.  We were even more grateful to arrive home safely.

Off to bed.

Then the storm hit US.  (No tornado.)  The rain was so heavy it kept our motion sensor lights on all night.  The incessant lightening lit up our house even more.  The thunder interrupted sleep often.  Some of us felt our house shake.  Our little doggie was distraught.  And the constant worry of FLOOD was ever present.  I dared not go out into it and verify though.

When morning light came, the worst was over: only a sprinkle lingered.

The ditch overflowed a bit at the culvert, but nothing too concerning.

A little flooding of the shop.  

Ditch digging!

The pond up on the hill filled up.

Side note: Snakes are out!
Seth and Scott saw a snake and immediately went for it.  Our neighbor was walking and came across a copper head last week.  
NEW RULE: You must be able to identify the snake before going near it and certainly before attempting to catch it.

We went to check on the water behind the shop.

Umm..... still flooded!

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