Monday, April 22, 2013

Flood of 2013

Yesterday I told you about the record flooding that's going on in my area. Here's a few pictures I took close to my house.   These pictures were taken Thursday through Saturday.  The river was supposed to crest in our area late on Monday so things got worse where most of these were taken.

This is a celery field I worked in when I was in high school.  Looks more like a lake now!

Do you see the ducks swimming in this yard?

This restaurant is seriously flooded.

When you can't get your car in the driveway, you use a boat!

Do you see a road here?

This is overlooking the Grand River.  The trees in the middle of it, are usually on the banks of it.

This is the little park on the Grand River that I showed you last week.  It's  a few miles from my house and is nearly covered in water here, on Saturday.  By Sunday, it was covered.

The entry to it is now closed off and you have to walk in.  All the water you see here is covering the drive and parking area.

There are hiking trails here, which the sign is directing us to.  The water is usually on the other side of the first set of bridge supports.

This is usually a grassy area with a walk leading to the covered picnic spot.

Usually you can walk on the other side of these trees and be next to the river.

Can you see the bridge in the center of the picture?  That's where the water is supposed to be!

There is a little house behind these trees,  The pink spot you see is the door.  The river is about half way to the roof.

I'm seeing lots of these signs.

Ditches have become streams

I don't think anyone will be going through here.

The rain quit on Friday - we got some snow on Friday and Saturday, and are praying for no rain for awhile, although it's predicted for Tuesday.


Nancy said...

Oh Mari, I am so sorry for all this devastation in your area...I hope you have not had any damage. My heart goes out to all these people who have so much damage.

ancient one said...

This blog and pictures really show us how much water is in your little corner of the world. I do hope the rain holds off and y'all get a chance to dry out. Someone will have a lot of work to do after the water recedes. And I'm sitting over here grumbling about how chilly it is. LORD, please forgive me.

Justabeachkat said...

Wow Mari! That's scary! Is your house okay? I sure hope so. Sorry about your car "boo boo". I pray your Dad is feeling okay and that the defibrillator will help. Take care.


Connie said...

We took a drive Sunday to look at all the water.

Connie said...

We took a drive Sunday to look at all the water.

CAROLDEE said...

Mari I saw the tv reports and wondered how you were doing. I hope you are able to get out and around all that. I did hear Bill Steffen say that it is receding now so hopefully with no big rains things will get better on the roads. I sure do feel for those who have water damage it is just terrible. Take care :-)

LuAnn said...

That is horrible Mari !!! We don't have it that bad. HEading to MN this weekend. Can't imagine what the Mississippi looks like. More rain the next three days too. Feel bad for the farmers.

linda eller said...

I am so sorry you are having to endure the flooding. Surely it will go soon.

Pat said...

Your photos are so good. The news hasn't really showed much at all about the area.
Praying for sun shine to dry up the water!

Anonymous said...

Mari I see flood damage on Tv in your area and I think about you.
I do hope you are safe and your home will be ok. Prayers for all of those who are affected.

Debbie Jones said...

This is a historic flood to be sure, but with all the climate change and weird weather, once "historic" weather is becoming more common. Wow, reminds me of the time the Mississippi flooded in 1993 when we lived in the St. Louis Area. The water was almost up to the entrance to the St. Louis Arch. Hope things dry out a bit for you soon. Thanks for sharing these pictures.

Jenny the Pirate said...

Oh Mari! This is scary. I hope everything gets back to normal soon. God bless you and all of your community. Thanks for the pictures.

Cherdecor said...

I just looked at the weather radar and your total state is covered with rain. This is bad news! I feel sorry for so many who are losing everything they own.

Some friends from our church are driving to Michigan on Friday. I told them to be careful. You all stay safe! You are in our prayers!

LL Cool Joe said...

You live in a beautiful area. That poor restaurant. I hope they survive the floods. Water damage is a nightmare.

Anita said...

WOW! What else can I say?

Life with Kaishon said...

That is a lot of water. WOW! I am glad you are safe.

Kim said...

What a mess! Had heard about the rain and flooding but hadn't seen any photos. Sounds like a lot of homes and businesses have been hit hard by this.

Terri D. said...

Very scary! Great photos, but terrible devastation for so many. Stay safe!