Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Rain Has Stopped For Now~But There's Still Water Everywhere!

The rain has stopped for now, but there's standing water everywhere. People have been evacuated from their homes, some are still stranded in their homes and roads and Interstates are closed ~ it's a mess here in western Washington. I have some friends who have had water coming into their basement (their bedrooms are there) since just very early Wednesday morning. There are 3 of them living there and they have been using wet/dry shop vacs and pumps almost continuously since about 5am Wednesday to suck up the water coming in. A twenty mile stretch of Interstate 5 is still closed south of here, near Chehalis (same thing happened there last year) and they are saying in some places there is 10 feet of water over the highway. This is the only route between the Seattle are and Portland. They are saying there are hundreds of semi trucks lined up, waiting to get thru. A one day delay creates a loss of approximately 4 million dollars in revenue when that many trucks can't get thru. All the mountain passes are still closed too, so there's more delays on the east-west route here in our state.

I am so blessed to live where I live. Right here in my little spot~things are ok. I had some puddles in the driveway and on the road out in front of me but nothing major. Even a couple leaks from the gutters are gone because Bob did some caulking last summer and fixed them.

Since Bob is leaving again Saturday (if I-5 opens up that is) he brought another load of wood in from his place and it's piled out in the wood corral out on my carport. He had used some timbers to support the carport when the snow was so heavy. He since has removed them but they are also piled out there, so that if it snows again, I can have a couple of the neighbor guys and/or my son put them up to keep the carport from caving in.

Meanwhile we had a few sun breaks today~very welcome sun breaks I might add and then temperature has dropped significantly. Last night late it was 52* and now just after 12 noon it's only 46* out there.

If you're interested in seeing some more coverage on our flooding check out KOMO TV's web site; http://www.komonews.com/

Stay warm & dry.....Linda

12 comments:

Jan said...

Oh Linda I hope you remain dry ...ish ,sounds awful, Keep warm and safe ..love Jan xx

Searching for Peace said...

Stay dry and safe. We have been getting nothing but snow here in Pa. We are expecting another 4 inches tonight. YUCK!! I have to go out and pick my husband up at 11 tonight. I am a bit nervous about that..hugs, Christine

Marlene said...

Linda, Sounds really bad. Its either feast or famine with the weather. Lots of rain here but nothing like you are having. Stay safe. Marlene

DB said...

WHAT A MESS!

If trucks can't get through that's really bad. Do you have a sun dance that you can do?

Lisa said...

Believe it or not while at work today my local radio station started talking about the flooding in WA...of course I immediately thought of you. You guys have had a rough patch of weather lately.

I love your header picture...makes me want to cruise!!

Glad you are safe & sound.

Joyce said...

Stay safe Linda. I hope things improve by Saturday so Bob can to.
Hugs, Joyce

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Glad that your place is safe from all of the water :o)

garnett109 said...

Glad you are ok!

Linda said...

I am so glad it has stopped raining! What a mess it is there. I am glad that you are safe and dry. Linda

a corgi said...

I saw pictures of Seattle on the news this morning, wow!!! amazing with all the flooding; so thankful there are rescuers out there to help people get to safety; I'm glad Bob helped get firewood to you Linda before he left; I hope he will be able to continue on with his plans to leave town tomorrow, Lord willing, if the roads clear a bit. I'm sure it has to be frustrating for all, especially the truckers trying to move their products

stay safe!

betty

Lori J said...

Morning Linda, Finally saw the TV news on the WA flooding. I can not imagine how devastating this could be.
I saw all the trucks lined up there as well as last night on TV the roads in BC where closed.
It causes so much grief in many ways.

Love Lori

Linda :) said...

Glad you are keeping dry in your little corner of Washington... Hope Bob finds a clear path on his trip....
Be safe... :)