I noticed crews cleaning out culverts & ditches along some of the roads in our area recently and, considering our experience with Hurricane Gustav last year, I was thinking that was a good thing. I was thinking that now that things were cleaned up, perhaps if another tropical storm or category 1 hurricane hit us, perhaps we could stay without our whole neighborhood flooding again.
My thinking was wayyyyyyyy wrong.
We've had very bad, heavy & strong thunderstorms for days now, with tornadoes touching down in various areas. This morning the main road out of the neighborhood was flooded badly enough that I couldn't go to work. Our backyard was flooded, too (see photo,) forcing us to feed the birds on our deck. We've seen the yard flooded many times before, so I figured it was still no big deal. By noon it seemed that the water in the yard was going down, although it rained again after that. At 2pm I figured I'd go for a drive & see if anything had improved. Unfortunately, things had gotten worse. By the time Charles got home (around 4pm,) much of the neighborhood is completely unnavigable. I looked in the backyard again, & the water there has definitely risen again.
In comparison to our Gustav videos from last year, the water's currently equivalent to the levels seen in Parts V, VI & VII. The fire department's been cruising the neighborhood. I'm not sure why, but at least we haven't been forgotten about out here in the boonies.
The worst part is that we're expecting more very bad, heavy & strong thunderstorms this afternoon, tonight & possibly some tomorrow. The only benefit this time around is that we still have power & even if it does go out, at least temperatures aren't unbearable.
So much for my thoughts of staying put through any future storms. If only I didn't have to keep learning these kinds of lessons the hard way!
(Ironically, our little neighborhood was just on the New Orleans news this evening. The video is in the upper right hand side of this article about it.)
(Update, the next morning; Regardless of even more rain that fell overnight, the waters are receding. The backyard still looks like the photo above, but the sun's out now & maybe they got the pumps in town--which had been disabled by a lightning strike--working again.)