August 07, 2007

Merde. (UPDATE: Not So Merde After All)

My phoneline is down at The Pond, so I may not be around much for a couple of days... we had something like a half-foot of rain last night, and all of Duckford is suffering.

UPDATE, 1030pm: Honey, I'm home! The phone came back about 20 minutes ago, about 24 hours sooner than was predicted... they must've found the break/water-damage/whatever.

Quite the interesting day, all told. As I mentioned, Duckford got a half-foot of rain overnight. When I went to bed, it was raining, but nothing out of the ordinary. From people I spoke to, around 4am all hell broke loose, and there were sightings of pairs of animals heading north.

By the time I woke up (around 720am), the rain had stopped, and around The Pond there was no obvious sign that there had been anything untoward about the storm. It was on the drive in to Duck U. that I started to notice little things... like entire yards covered with water, or big honkin' trees down, or live power lines sparking and zatzing in the road... that seemed to indicate that something large had happened.

Then the city evacuated the land to the west of Duck U. The U. is positioned on top of a hill, y'see... along with a 'water retention structure' located in a park. Said structure (aka 'dam') was about, oh, a foot or so from being overfull (additional rumors were that the dam was leaking and about to let go), and was beautifully positioned to swamp a chunk of the business district to the west.

As you can guess, we weren't all that busy at the Duck U. Bookstore today. When I did leave, I went to pay a visit to Momzerduck and Ph.Duck, and drove by the park in question... which was completely submerged. I noticed one of the baseball diamond backstops, just the top of which was visible... eep.

However, all is right now... except it's damn hot, and really damn humid.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 11:17 AM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Good luck, hope you don't have any problems with flooding, we've had a bout of it over here recently (luckily not us, but our town had a lot of hassles). See you when you're back up and ready to shout about Alonso/Hamilton.

Posted by: flotsky at August 07, 2007 11:50 AM (/n2FK)

2 It's weird that it's hot and humid. A storm like that is almost always caused by a cold front, and all the rain is water coming out of the air.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 07, 2007 04:07 PM (+rSRq)

3 Would it help if I said that we're expecting more rain (dear god) later tonight?

The big puddles (read: small lakes) dotting every field, yard, garden, piece of astroturf, or anything colored green might have something to do with it, too. Just as the air around an ocean is somewhat humid, so to is the air around Duckford.

Actually, NOAA suggests that we'll be getting rain every night for the next few nights. Great. Swell. The ground went from "pretty darn dry" to "incredibly saturated" overnight, and now we'll be going to "waterskiing down 2nd Street" by tomorrow.

Posted by: Wonderduck at August 07, 2007 04:15 PM (AD5Bl)

4 This summer has been strange here, too. For the local kids it's been a real bust; it's been overcast and cool for the last three weeks, and we've gotten a couple of rain storms, too.

The Willamette valley is known for rain; it's nothing unusual for us here. But it doesn't usually happen in July and August, which are usually sunny and warm-to-hot.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 07, 2007 06:10 PM (+rSRq)

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