For the past 10 days, Hunky Husband and I have been taking a little road trip to New Hampshire to visit Bogie for the first time since 2004. Bogie has posted about our activities during our stay at 90% Done and Lipizzaner Stallions In Goffstown, NH. I'll write a bit about the past 24 hours during which we saw HH's sister in St Louis, drove home, and returned to more flooding. The last 100 miles of our trip was (off and on) made tough driving by heavy rainfall. The minimum speed on the Kansas Turnpike, on which we traveled from Emporia KS to Wichita KS, is 40 mph. At times, visibility was too poor for HH to maintain even that low speed. We drove with the emergency flashers blinking. We dared not pull off on the side. There have been numerous reports over the years of people who did that on the Turnpike only to have someone plow into the rear of their car. Not a good thing.
By 1:00am, today, we were safely home and experiencing a moderate rainfall. We collapsed into our beds. After arising a couple of times during the night, I arose for good at about 8:30am. By then, HH had marked the highest flooding of our backyard that he had witnessed and it was obvious that the water was receding. Good news. Well...normally...the water totally recedes back to the creek's bed within 6-12 hours. Not this time. The creek water is still out of banks. We have been told that the water (of the Arkansas river into which our creek flows about 2 miles downstream from us) is still rising. This is not good - especially as we are expecting more rain, tonight.
As of 1:30pm (three hours ago), Sedgwick County (all of Wichita, Derby, and several other small cities - plus about half of Mulvane - are within Sedgwick County) declared a state of emergency. Had I not been on travel for the past 10 days, I would have been asked to report to the Sedgwick County Emergency Operations Center; but, fortunately, that task falls to another, this time.
With the river as high as it is, I must admit to being a bit nervous as to the outcome in the next 24-48 hours. Well...we keep saying that, as long as the people come out OK, the rest is just stuff!
Until I can download a bunch of photos that I took, on travel, this photo of Bogie and her dad (my HH, of course!) will have to suffice.