Christmas passed. It went about as well as it could, with my family and my mom and sister being sick.
After Christmas, things got a little hairy. It started to rain. And rain. And rain. And flood. I think I read that we got something like between eight and ten inches in 72 hrs.
Roads started closing. I-44 is closed in areas it wasn't during the last big flood. Out east of Carthage, 96 hwy (Old Rte 66) runs next to a spillover pond, a medium sized park, and over Spring River. Sunday, there was no park, and no separation between the river and Kellogg "Lake."
There have been water rescues galore, including a crew of a freight train that was washed off the tracks.
And there have been water rescues of people who moved the barricade so that they could drive through. Into water. And then they get washed away.
That last group...I have issues with prioritizing those rescues. The people disregarding "road closed" signs and barricades are making a choice.* I think they need to either be left to the consequences, or be charged out the nose for the rescue. I don't like leaving the idiocy to continue on its way without any repercussions.
We didn't have to do anything special to avoid flooding. We didn't have to evacuate, didn't have to make any changes to our routine, didn't have to worry about utilities going out (some areas lost electricity, others lost water), or being wonky (the south end of Joplin had issues with the sewer and water treatment plant being overwhelmed, and people were asked to not wash dishes or clothes...or flush).
When we bought, we were careful to stay OUT of the flood plains.
One of my aunts had to evacuate with all of her critters (chickens and dogs and cats) and her husband, and lost one or two of her chickens. And maybe her beehive. She didn't take up any state resources--she called one of my other aunts to come help her get out.
From what I've read, we crested at nearly twenty feet above flood stage throughout most of the area sometime yesterday, when the rain finally switched over to snow, thankfully without more than a few minutes of freezing rain/sleet added into the mix.
*People who build in flood plains are also making a choice...however, for the most part, most people who were flooded out this time were not in areas that were flooded out the last time that it did this, in October of '93. This time, the water was just a bit higher in places.
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