Friday, March 13, 2009

Flooding Friday . . .

If Jo can have Mountain Monday, I can have Flooding Friday!

For those of you, out of towners, Fort Wayne is the home of three rivers. You would know that if you lived here . . . we have a the 3 River Festival, a 3 Rivers Credit Union, 3 Rivers Food Co-op, 3 Rivers Ambulance Authority, 3 Rivers . . blah blah blah.

Anyhoo, rain and 3 rivers. Not a good mix. We have some wicked floods around here. The worst in my lifetime was in 1982 when good ol' President Reagan made a visit to fill a few sandbags. We actually live right across the street from the confluence of the 3 rivers. We are not however in the flood plane. It always creeps me out a little when I look out the bathroom window upstairs and see the rising river. Today I decided to walk across and talk some pictures after work. I did decide to drive a short distance to a couple other places where the water hads stretched over it's banks.

This is right behind our house.

Part of the River Greenway behind our house. The river is about 3 times wider than usual. This is directly across from the water filtration plant.

This is the dam. It is so not holding anything back right now. You can see the left side end of the damn in the middle of the water. That is where the bank usually is, that's how much the water has risen.

This flows towards the damn.

The Coombs Street bridge the water that flows under here flows toward the dam.

On the other side of downtown in our West Central neighborhood.

Same area, pumping water back into the flow. Sandbags protecting the houses.

Swinney Park totally under water from the river yawning over it's banks. This is just slightly farther down the river from where West Central is.

So, there it is. Sheri's Flooding Friday. It is supposed to rain Sunday and Monday. I hope our Fort Wayne neighbors stay dry.


FAScinated said...

It looks like a beautiful place to live when the waters aren't risin'! Keep dry!

Lisa said...

Wow! That's some serious water.

Jo said...

Look at all that water! My favorite picture is the one where the statue is an island. And they say no man is an island, I think that dude would beg to differ. Thanks for the shout out!

Stacy said...

We live right off the Wabash River in Lafayette, and our area looks a whole lot like yours.