Thursday, January 08, 2009

Flooding Update *4* pic added

I can't get a hold of Mr. Daddy. That in itself has me a bit paranoid. I'm sure he is just uber-busy coordinating flood work.

I'm watching in my in-laws' FIREWOOD float across the pasture and through the gate. Two pastures are completely under water. The main pasture is more than halfway under water.

I went out there and the girls were happy to see me. I walked into the water as far as I dared (it went up past my Ropers after the first two steps) and just watched how quickly it was running.
And I prayed right then and there.
Told the water that my God was master of the wind and waves.
Basically, "this far and no more".

You know that dream where the house is on fire and you have to decide what to rescue? I'm starting to wonder if I should start packing pictures off the walls and anything else sentimental... it's a surreal feeling.

I'm sure Mr. Daddy will read this later and just laugh. Remember, he was here when the water was UNDER the house.
I'm a California girl, earthquakes are my thing. I don't know what to do about all this water!

Thank you for all of you who took the time to post and email me saying that you were praying. Much love to you.

ps - we have friends with young children in Maple Valley... I am just sick seeing this picture:

Seems so odd to read about what's happening all around us. It is truly scary that there are so few avenues to escape if you're in the flood zone. They said it right when they called it an "island".

NW Wash. state cut off by flooding, slides, avalanches

Story Published: Jan 8, 2009 at 6:31 AM PST
Story Updated: Jan 8, 2009 at 10:20 AM PST
By KOMO Staff & News Services
Watch the story
Northwestern Washington state was effectively cut off from the rest of the nation and thousands of people abandoned their homes as snowmelt and rain swelled rivers and caused mudslides and avalanches that engulfed neighborhoods and closed major highways and railways.
More than 30,000 people were urged to leave their flood-endangered Western Washington homes, and emergency crews are still scrambling to assist those trapped in flooded neighborhoods. Some rivers had crested at record levels and some were still rising.
Dozens of roads and highways have been cut off, including Interstate 5 at Chehalis, where floodwaters several feet deep covered a 20-mile stretch of the main north-south arterial in Western Washington. Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond said the freeway could be closed for four days.
She said the flooding is similar to the December 2007 flood that caused a four-day blockage on the main north-south route in Western Washington. Crews on the scene said the water over I-5 is still rising at nearly one foot per hour.
Interstate 90 remained closed across Snoqualmie pass by the risk of avalanches and mudslides, and the state Department of Transportation said it would not reopen on Thursday, as originally planned.
All other mountain passes remain closed as well, leaving no options to get out of northwestern Washington except by aircraft or by heading north through Canada.
Amtrak passenger train service out of Seattle was suspended due to mudslides, Amtrak said in a news release.
Many school districts were again forced to close or delay classes due to flooded roads (see full schools list).
Though the pounding rain that melted mountain snow and caused the flooding eased Thursday, flood warnings remained in effect for 14 counties in Western Washington and seven on the state's east side. The National Weather Service further warned that rain-soaked hillsides were at a high risk for landslides.
"It's right up there with some of our most memorable flood events," National Weather Service forecaster Doug McDonnal said Thursday. "The thing that's kind of amazing in the past few years is how many flood episodes we've had."
Hammond said when the Chehalis River crests Thursday night, officials expect water to be 10 feet deep over Interstate 5. After the water starts falling, crews plan to use pumps and breach a levy to help the water drain out.
The state has 1,200 DOT crew members out working to clear area roads, but options to get out of Western Washington are limited, as the major mountain passes over the cascades are also closed.
Highway officials abandoned plans to get one main east-west route over the mountains open sometime Thursday, due to the danger from mudslides and avalanches.


Stacy said...

OMG - I'll be praying for you, too. I hope everyone comes through this safe.

Killlashandra said...

WHOA, be safe be safe be safe! When I lived up there I knew people who lived in Maple Valley too. It's a lovely place, who frightening to think it's under water now!

He & Me + 3 said...

Ok, that last picture is a bit much. Lord, please keep all those in the flooded areas safe.
keep us posted!

Jessica said...

Oh my goodness, I have had a super busy week, so I haven't been up much on the blogging world and I just logged in to catch up on everyone... and saw your posts about the flooding. I hope you and your family are safe and stay out of harms way! I will keep you in my prayers!

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