Sunday, February 25, 2018

Under water!

We've had a week of much warmer than usual temps, and lots of rain. This has resulted in the snow melting suddenly and the waters levels rising quickly.  In 2013 our area was hit by water levels higher than they had been in 100 years.  They are predicting levels near that height this year.
Here's a few photos taken around my area to show you some of the water.

 Here's the Grand River near our house.  The water is usually far beyond the big tree on the left.

Roads are flooded and closed.

The next 4 photos are not mine, but were posted by the city of Grand Rapids of the Grand River downtown.
The water is very high near the bridges.

 Some bridges have been closed.

 The building in the center of this picture is the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum.  The water usually only goes to the midway point of what you see now.

The river runs through the center of the city and is now right against some of the buildings. There is a stairway and a path that goes along the river, next to the building on the right that is now completely under water.

Here are a few photos my SIL Aaron took that really show the amount of water in the area.

 This is a golf course!

No one is driving down this road anytime soon.

I took the girls to a park near us on Saturday.  It's incredible to see how far the river has flooded beyond it's banks.

This covered bridge is a favorite spot for photos, but no one is getting out there right now!

Here's a photo I took of Heather and Andrew at the bridge this Fall...

and here it is now!

Hopefully the river will crest without too much damage.  Our home is about a mile from the river, but is far enough away and high enough that we have never been damaged by flooding.  I feel for those who are dealing with it now.


LL Cool Joe said...

Oh boy that looks scary. The water is so close to going into those buildings and right over the bridges. I hope your home stays dry.

Anonymous said...

How terrible. Many years ago I visited the GF Museum; sad to see the flooding. Alaina and Ruby are so very cute. Have a nice week.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

ooh...that is scary Mari. I used your Friday funny in my Facebook post about my tumble. Up and ready for surgery. I slept well so I know the prayers of so many have calmed me.

Linda said...

Oh wow....stay safe, Mari. I thought this area was bad, nothing compared to yours. The snow melt from the mountains are causing quite a lot of issues around here.

Sally said...

Whoa! Lots of water; watch out for snakes.


Saleslady371 said...

It is amazing how the strength of water can disrupt a community. Glad you are perched nice and high and out of danger.

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

Oh my goodness, that is terrible, but thankful your home is not affected. The snow melting really is a dangerous safe when going to and from work.

Patsy said...

It has been bad all around, stay safe.

Betty W said...

Oh wow!! that is a lot of water! I can only imagine the damage that will do. We are familar with having droughts here, but water is a different matter.
Hope your home is safe.

Dianna said...

Oh sad to see water that high knowing that there will definitely be damage as a result of it. I'm glad to know that you are far enough away and up away from the water. Praying for your area, my friend.

Terri D said...

Wow. That's all I can say. Prayers lifted!

Judy said...

Wow, you are really flooded there, please stay safe.

Jenny said...

Oh dear! That is positively amazing. Just so your house doesn't take on water. There's nothing worse than that, unless it's a fire. Stay safe! xoxo