When I first heard about flooding in Indiana last week, and saw some pictures of IU students frolicking in the high water in Bloomington, with little indication of property damage or loss of life, I’ll admit I laughed. I used to live there, I’d seen canoes on Kirkwood before — I didn’t think much of it.
But now the situation has changed, as the rains keep coming. Seven or eight people have died, 29 counties have been declared disaster areas.
Suffice it to say I’m not laughing anymore.
Here’s a picture of my Dad wading. The water in this small lake on my parents’ property is overflowing the dam.
Thankfully I don’t think they’re sustaining any real damage, but many others are not so lucky. Since we found refuge in Indiana when we were flooded out of our home in New Orleans, my heart really goes out to the Hoosier State now.
Bloomington residents Ransom Hale and his friend nearly drowned in a canoeing accident. They are thankfully okay.
Iowa is in a mess of trouble too. 71 of 99 counties in a state of emergency. Des Moines Register says it could be like 1993 again.
This flood is affecting 20ish counties. They are comparing it to the large 1913 flood, and many counties have not seen flooding like this since that time. Bloomington remained safe from the weekend flooding, but nearly all of the surrounding counties did not. Now all of the water is heading downstream and more rain is on the way.
I saw that pic on flickr and wondered who that person was. The flooding is bad, and my heart goes out to all of the people displaced by it.
It’s raining again right now too.
Just testing. Akismet seems to think I’m a spammer, and I’m trying to change its mind.
1/3 of Inidana counties are underwater, many of them the counties least able to afford the repairs. I don’t pretend that this is Katrina, bu I am worried. That neighborhood creek always seemed so benign somehow.