Wednesday, August 11, 2010

2010 Flood

AMES IS FLOODED!!!
EDIT: I just learned that a water main broke this morning, and we are now informed we must boil our water before drinking it, I'd love any thoughts and prayers to get the water main back up and working.
I was woken up at 5AM by the automated city system calling to warn about flooding, didn't think anything of it, since I live in the high part of town. Kevin came by about 8AM saying he couldn't get home because of streets flooded, go here for a map of what's closed. We went out to view streets being closed, here's a couple pictures I took:

This one is at a University housing complex, you can see a fire hydrant there and a dumpster, as well as a car.
Here's a close-up of the car, and not a very old looking one.
Another picture of the water at the housing complex, from what we could see, it looked like the row of houses closest to the water got about 1.5 to 2 feet flooded, but by the time we were there, it had gone down enough that they weren't being flooded.
This is a view looking south to our Target store.
A closer look of the Target, see how the corn stalks are just peaking out over the water on the left side of the picture.
This is a close-up of a piece of art of a person waving, I figure he's about 5.5 to 6 ft tall, and the water's up to his armpit. If you happened to be able to look south a little further behind the edge of the picture, you would see our newer Super Walmart also flooded. Go here to read a story about the flooding, in our local paper.
Here's a view a little farther north but more east of the Target building, closer to the South Skunk River, last I heard at about 1pm it had not crested (reached it's highest point). Go here, and here to see levels of the Skunk in parts of town, and here to see the level of the Squaw River.
The first link is Hwy 30 and the Skunk, which is the south end of town, the second one is Riverside and the Skunk which is the north end of town and the Squaw is about the middle of town. Lincolnway, is the old Lincoln Hwy, what people used before the new highway 30.
On the other side of this tree line is the Skunk River, you can't quite see how deep it is, because this is a pretty low spot, but if you kept going past the right side of the picture, eventually you'd run into the Target store.
Go here to see a video of how flooded Hilton Coliseum is. This is where I work for basketball season, I am happy to see that it hadn't reached the new seats they put in about a year or so ago, but the floor is ruined. If the basketball hoops were in there, they'd be about the level of the red seats you can see, so that gives you an estimate on heighth.
And here is a link to the Tribune's facebook page with pictures looking east on Lincoln way and around the coliseum and the football field. That's the west end of town where the photographer is located.
I remember back in 1993, when we had a big flood, that was a 500 year flood, this one's worse. I remember sandbagging, I don't remember much else, but I do know it will take us awhile to get over this one. Here's hoping the water will fall fast. They are predicting rainfall tomorrow night, but under an inch, as well as under two inches Friday night.
Our house isn't damaged, the basement is a little wet, but like I said before we live in the high part of town, and it would take quite a bit of water to get to us. I am very happy for living in this part of town.

4 comments:

The Paper Princess said...

Wow, Wendy, what a shocker - I was just here and only Val was flooded!!!

I'm glad you're ok. Floods are scary. Hope everyone in your town is safe.

Ramona
http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

Heather x said...

Glad to hear your home is safe hun, we had floods like this in 2007, some people are still not back in their homes yet!
*hugs* Heather x

Serendipity Stamping said...

Hi, last week I was trying to figure out where you lived and had narrowed it to the Des Moines area from all you little jaunts around the state. The 1993 Flood - my house sat right on the Mississipi River and we were surrounded by water. We moved out of the house for a month as we had no boat to go back and forth from highway to house and back. Sorry you are going through one again, but when you live near certain rivers you either move or learn how to cope with them. Hope your water is back on really soon! Take care.

Serendipity Stamping said...

Yes I know Mississippi has two p's in it.