What’s been going on here……

Not much sewing and a lot of running back and forth between the campground and home! Last weekend’s rains caught us all by surprise. Our county (Houston) has estimated damages of 2.5 million dollars, without figuring in personal property/homes, etc. Sunday morning we headed home to get our pick-up to start packing the RV/site in prep for moving it home. The area had gotten 9”-13” of rain in 36 hours and it resulted in this, just outside our little town of Houston…….


The above photo is a corn field on the edge of town NOT a lake…..normally!! And straight ahead we were greeted with this………


The road is State Hwy 16 and the town in the background is ours….hmmmmm. The water had just breached the road and, within moments of this photo, had covered it from this point towards town for a 1/2 mile! Photo below shows the scene to our left  (another corn field!!)……


Things have settled down a bit now and the forecast appears to be lacking the rains. The waters have subsided and some roads a back open. It’s been a very strange beginning of the summer season!


About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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28 Responses to What’s been going on here……

  1. Linda says:

    So glad to hear that you and hubby are okay. I can only assume that the kids and grands are okay, too. I hope your property and any animals (and your RV) are safe and sound, too. Keeping you in my thoughts.

    xo Linda

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thank you so much! All are safe but the general Houston County area will be in recovery mode for weeks to come (sadly). I so appreciate your kind concern…it means so much!! Hugs…..

  2. Teje says:

    That looks and sounds so awfull and difficult. I feel very bad for the farmers who has lost all the big work they have done. Just somehow wordless … Hugs! x Teje

    • treadlemusic says:

      Farmers must be blessed with a special dose of “this, too, shall pass” optimism. There will be so many empty fields around here this season. Yes, words seem so little (unless they are in prayer to the One Who is still in control of all!). Thank you for your cozy ‘hugs’………

  3. ivoryspring says:

    Yikes! We have just gotten a lot of rain this year too. You take care, my SSAB!

    • treadlemusic says:

      It’s been quite the season thus far!! I think of those times when I’ve asked the GS how the summer vacation is going and the response is “boring”. Well, I’m ready for a little “boring”/uneventful right now!!!! Besides, moving the RV and stuff back and forth leaves no time to stitch and I have “itchy” fingers!!!! LOL! Hugs, SSAB

  4. Stay safe!!!! We’ve experienced that before and it’s no fun. Hope things get better for you. We have had record rain this month and last too but so far this part of VT is not flooding.

    • treadlemusic says:

      I am so glad to hear of areas being spared such events (flood/fires). Vermont is one of my most fave spots (I think it has to do with having so many similarities to our area……VERY green, hills, valleys/coulees. Your words mean so much to me, dear “bloggy” friend! Hugs to you!

  5. Jackie says:

    A strange summer indeed…..goes right along with our strange spring. I’m glad to hear things have calmed down a bit….that’s a lot of rain, wow

    • treadlemusic says:

      Yes, for sure. It will be strange to see all the vacant fields as the summer wears on. I don’t believe this area has experienced such wide spread field flooding in many decades. Have a great day….hugs………

  6. My goodness! I had no idea this was happening. Stay safe!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thank you so much! It will be many days before anyone will be able to use their usual route to anywhere. All the ‘locals’ know the alternate back roads, but it will be a challenge for the GPS units that visitors will be using!!!!

  7. artsynina says:

    Hi Doreen, after reading Beth Ann’s blog this morning I was able to connect the dots and realized that you are the Doreen who has been such a wonderful supporter all these months on our caringbridge site. Had no idea you were a blogger too! Nice to ‘meet’ you! -Nina Hedin

    PS – McLeod County still looks like a lake. I haven’t heard any damage estimates yet, but I’m sure it will be ugly.

  8. OK, then, I’ve heard/read nothing of this in the metro area media, unless I missed it. Wow. I am so sorry you in Houston County are experiencing this severe flooding. I truly feel for the farmers. And I’m sure a lot of homeowners are dealing, too, with water issues in their homes and elsewhere.

    Bet you’re thankful to be atop a hill. How are all roads leading to your place now?

    • treadlemusic says:

      The top of our hill is nice and dry and the corn/bean fields look great. The roads leading elsewhere are few, however, and will remain so for quite a while. Thank you for your kind concern…….

      • So like are roads washed out and in major need of repair?

        • treadlemusic says:

          Yes and yes. 7 miles west of us is Hwy 43. It is now closed because it takes a dip and goes over a small(?) creek. The fact that it is a very narrow steep sided valley is its downfall. The bridge was replaced after ’07’s flood with a large state-of-the-art many$$$$ bridge. Now there is nothing there….the approaches are totally gone, as is the highway (43) leading up to it, the bridge will need replacing (again). There are MANY such situations south of us. Cty Rd 4 (below us to the south) is washed out in many places and the (Yucatan) valley is all water. The planted fields are a loss. They are saying 5+ million dollars damage. W/o some state/fed. aid, the county doesn’t have the $$$ to repair all that has sustained damage!

  9. ruthiequilts says:

    Oh my goodness! I sure hope things dry out soon… This summer is already worrying me a little!

  10. witchylin says:

    I’m so sorry to see the pictures of the flooding in your area Doreen. I really feel for the farmers and the people who have been badly affected by the waters. We flooded here last year, water traveling up the main street in our village. It really is scary and devastating. Thinking of you and all the folk in and around those floods. Happy to read you are safe.

  11. Jeanne says:

    I’m afraid your area looks like ours. ;( At least we had sunshine and wind today – it is helping some. Isn’t this weird after last year’s drought? Stay safe. I hope you don’t have a lot of damage.

    • treadlemusic says:

      It has become an increasingly difficult task to get from point A to point B with new roads closing each day from dangerous undermining that occurred last weekend. These dry/windy days have helped immensely. Stay safe yourself!! Hugs and prayers for us all!

  12. Wow, that’s really amazing. I have a friend who had her 5th wheel at a trailer park and in one of the recent storms a tree fell on it–while they were in it! EEK! Totaled their trailer. I hate flooding like this. It really makes it hard to get around, and poor farmers!

    • treadlemusic says:

      That’s exactly the situation here! The 3 counties in this corner (Winona, Fillmore and Houston) are joining in an application for state aid. Each, by themselves, cannot fund the needed repairs. Our county (Houston) has over 5 million $$ in damage!!! Ugh!! A 5th wheel just down from ours had a limb fall on it. Brought down the power line, too, and resulted in the fire dept. paying a visit!! Don’t know how that one turned out!

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