The resounding answer: yes! For some, the need for rain is desperate, but for us here in the upper Midwest….not so much! I love the water……the sound of the waves hitting the shoreline on a Minnesota lake is heavenly. The sound of bucket-sized drops hitting the roof of my house during the night: no! We have a delightful little pond in the small garden at the front of our home. DH has rescued a pump that had been used to pump rainwater from an underground cistern/catch-basin found at the back of our house when we moved here. He rigged it so it recirculated the water from the pond and the pleasant sounds are so soothing when seated on the porch. The waters of the Mississippi River that have been generally on the rise over the past couple of months have not been so well received. The campground is at a very low elevation in relation to the water (can you say “flood plain”!!??) so with all the inches and inches of rain water that’s hit us, and north of us, we have waited til last Friday to move to our site. The water was still high enough to keep the campers that, normally, were across the narrow road from us, from occupying their sites, but, at least you can see some dry land, hmmm? The above photo is taken from our site. There should be a very large unit just the other side of that car. A close-up of the site. The channel level should not be quite that visible!!! Now a shot of our spot…..I will turn around so you may see our site……………… This was taken last Saturday. Looks wonderful!!!! Well, Monday eve and early this morning we were blest with more of the wet stuff. So now, the site across the narrow road looks like this…………………….. Now I know you’re saying it really doesn’t appear that different from the first photo but by now the water will be at the top of that concrete pad and rising so that by Friday nite this whole end of the island/campground will be submerged. Awning retracted, sliders in and DH is, at this very moment, moving our river abode to a nearby safe spot for I don’t know how long. Our site is a 10.6’ site, meaning when the river level reaches that mark we must be gone and when the level reaches 11’ it all will be covered. Projections are watched carefully and more storms are rolling in tonight and tomorrow.
Yup……headed for 11.5’!!! and will hold over 11’ for a while. 5” of rain fell north of La Crosse last night with 50 to 60 mph winds recorded.
Back to quilting……………………….stay tuned……………………enough already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!