Thursday, May 1, 2014

April 30th flooding and storm...

I feel so bad for all those affected by tornadoes, storms and flooding this week. Yesterday our county was really hit hard and I just wanted to say a few things from listening to the scanner and news. Never drive through the water on the road when you can't see if there's a sinkhole or you never know if a rush of water could come in and trap you.

Powerlines were down, so you don't know if live wires are in the water. There were so many swift water rescues just from people driving thru the water, getting stuck and water rushing in around them. They have to leave their vehicles there, and today many vehicles are under water. It doesn't mean since the rain stopped that the flooding won't continue.

Many people's tires were blown out from driving thru the water and not realizing sinkholes are formed, the roads were buckling. The live wires and trees knocked down can cause fires, if you're stuck in your vehicle, not only are you in danger or drowning, but being electrocuted. It's endangered not only you, but those who come to help you out of the water.

I know people were trying to get home and didn't want to turn around to go the long way. It's not worth your life, others lives and the extra time it would take to go the other way. We just started having rain the day before, and yesterday massive amounts and this can all happen so quick. There were so many vehicle accidents, road closures, trees and powerlines down, basement flooding, trees on homes, water rescues, vehicles stuck in water, tires blown, before you know it all this is upon you.

People don't realize the power of water and how fast it can swallow you up and cover your vehicle. Today there's vehicles all over the county that were abandoned, because the people couldn't get them out of the water, rooftops of vehicles are seen and I'm sure as the water recedes they'll find more vehicles underwater. Just be careful and aware of the dangers.

The day before yesterday this stream was a small stream about one fourth the size. Now it's a muddy huge still flowing flood today.