Thursday, June 12, 2008

Jordan's Water is Chilly and Cold

Here's a view from the inside looking out.

Okay. All this flooding is getting really annoying. At first they closed roads and we had to maneuver around, then they did some evacuations and now, especially in Cedar Rapids, it's out of control. There was a photo on one of the news sites, of someone driving a boat through the downtown area. They're electricity is off, so they are only supposed to use water to drink. Whacky, isn't it? We have so much water, it's messing with our supply and now people have to try and conserve it.

Today at work was a lot of dealing with frantic parents. We had one of our first Summer orientations and it was chaos from the git. We could still use the parking lot we had reserved, but no one could get to it, because they closed almost every road leading to it. Then they kept threatening to close the student union. They finally decided to close it for real at 5 pm today. Ugh. The bad news is, it's still raining and the river isn't supposed to crest until maybe Tuesday next week. The good news is, that the raining and storms are supposed to finally calm the fuck down after tonight.

Coadster went to the river to fill sandbags today and she's going back again tomorrow. I might try to bring my camera to work tomorrow to get some flood and levy building shots for you all...As long as I'm not in the way. I remember all too well after the tornado how annoying it was to have people stopping by to gawk at our devastation without ever asking to help.

I texted my friend H. today to see if she needed anything. She lives in one of the evacuation areas. She told me that she was okay right then, but that she could really use a beer. I promised to buy her a hundred beers during the wedding festivities this weekend if she wanted. Again, I'm always there for my friends when they need to self-medicate during bad times.

Just in response to some of the comments so far, Iowa City isn't that bad. Most of the worst of it is in Cedar Rapids. Here, the areas closest to the river have been evacuated, but it shouldn't be anywhere near like it is in a couple of other towns. The girls and I are totally fine. Thanks for your concern.

19 comments:

Poptart said...

Oh man. *I'll* buy H a beer. That sucks. I still say IC gets the worst luck lately. Hope the rain stops. We are having a storm now (my dog woke me up) but we had a lovely 2 days off from the rain. Hope you get at least that. Happy Friday!

Remiman said...

Churlita,
The new's channels keep you and the girls in my thoughts daily. Glad you're alright!
rel

evil-e said...

I can be a lot sarcastic sometimes but....

I sincerely hope everything will be OK for you and your daughters and your friends and your city.

Mr Atrocity said...

Sounds like the whole city could use a beer. Good luck.

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

I buy her a few beers too.. I put a link with an article I found online over at my blog.... I hope this is all over soon for you... Glad to know you are okay...

fringes said...

Dang, this kinda wipes out the "don't believe everything you see on the news" post earlier this week. Stay safe.

NoRegrets said...

Orifice life?
Good for her for filling sandbags. They said this morning it was 500 year flooding. whew.

Tara said...

When a group of us went to Alabama to help clean up after a storm, some brought cameras. I didn't because I felt weird about it. But now I'm kind of kicking myself that I didn't take at least a few photos of people we met.

Susan said...

I hope the storms calm down and you can..well..enjoy sunshine and summer.

Did you go dress shopping or is that tonight?

Brando said...

If you see frogs raining down, find the guy who looks like Charlton Heston and hang out with him.

Have fun this weekend and stay dry.

TLB said...

I keep thinking about that creek by your place. Hope it stays where it belongs.

.j.william. said...

oi. Glad to hear you're faring well.

booda baby said...

I'm very glad for you, of course, but I got a little seduced into thinking it wasn't so bad everywhere else. Jeeeeezus.

Maybe they should skip orientation shit and send all those strapping young college kids out to sandbag. And when the waters recede, they can start helping with the clean up. And not get patted on the head for doing good, but sort of told: This is what it's about.

booda baby said...

Oh, how weird was that? Not very, I'll admit, but I was no. 13 commenter on Friday 13. OOo. eee.

Makes me want to go hunt down other blogs with 12 comments.

-RM said...

Glad to know you and your kids are alright!

Jane said...

Yowsa. Am thinking of you guys, and am glad you're safe.

Gyuss Baaltar said...

Bravo to the Coadster for doing the volunteer thing!

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

I'm just glad you guys are OK.

AlienCG said...

I may end up changing my flight to Dubuque just to avoid the major flood zone.