Sometime in the middle of the night, my little watchdog woke me up. She was barking and pacing frantically, and her sister was guarding my living room windows. Within just a minute or two the first crash of lightning came, along with heavy rain. The girls headed for their kennels, their duties completed.
It was a doozey of a storm. Nearly constant lightning and accompanying thunder crashed and rumbled. The rain continued, and finally eased up close to dawn. I dozed for a while until the second wave hit. This one wasn't as severe or as long in duration. It is going on 10 AM now, and the rain is still falling, but the thunder and lightning have moved on. I waited for the power to go out, but luckily that hasn't happened in my neighborhood.
A little over an hour ago I turned on the scanner for my county. Streets are flooded. Water is boiling up out of the storm drains. The main highway running southwest of here is closed in several places with water over the road. County roads are flooded or washed out. Several creeks criss-cross the area and most of them are over their banks. And a mud slide has closed yet another road. Even the levels of water in some of the lakes are threatening homes along the shores.
The Department of Transportation has had to close so many streets and roads that they ran out of traffic cones and barriers. My oldest son, who lives southwest of me posted on Facebook that anyone going to work where he works would do well to wear their bathing suit. He works nights, and is sleeping now, but I'm sure he will call and tell me about it when he wakes up.
I live about two city blocks from the Minnesota River. I haven't heard whether the river is still within its banks. The founding fathers of my town had the good sense to build on top of the hill that runs down to the river, so flood waters have never reached this far.
I am astounded at the number of people who drive their cars around the barriers and into the water on the roads and then can't figure out why their cars stalled. I can hear the frustration in the voices of those who have to rescue these fools.
It is a really good day to stay inside where it is dry and warm. My Kindle is fully charged up. I was going to bake some bread this morning, but have decided to wait until the threat of power loss is over. I have several projects to work on that, should the power go out, will not be affected. And I am seriously considering building an ark.
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