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Rain, Rain Everywhere

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Mon, 2 Jul 2007 14:51:06 EDT

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned 'when it rains, it pours' in discussing
my personal financial crises, but this time around, it has more to do
with the actual _weather_ in our town.

Last week we had several days of hard, heavy rain. Over this past weekend
we did not need _more rain_ but we got it anyway. Some of you probably have
read in your newspapers (or heard on television or whatever) about the
very heavy rains throughout the south and southern midwest. The weather
service began warning us on Friday to expect a lot more rain before it was
all over, and indeed we got (are still getting) it. Because our town is
mostly in a valley (although large parts of it are on a hill within that
valley) we are pretty safe from tornados, but not all that safe from high
water and floods. Our neighbors to the south, Coffeyville, KS got flooded
worse than we did here, so far, that is, with about half their town under
deep water and the rest of it under an inch or so. About 3000 of the
residents of Coffeyville had to be evacuated as a result.

Here in Independence, we have not as of yet been that 'fortunate'. Some]
of our streets, in lower-laying areas of town have been closed, for
blocks or so at a time; the most notable examples being Second Street
from Locust Street north to the Water Works, although the houses along
there seem to be doing okay; Park Blvd (Third Street) closed from Locust
north to Ash Street (a distance of several blocks past the baseball
diamond; Penn Street where the viaduct goes under the railroad tracks
north side of town, 10th Street from City Limits south to near Dearing,
Kansas, most of 19th Street with its railroad tracks in that low-lying

The town of Neodesha, KS got clobbered pretty badly from the rain

One oddity, IMO is that the water works in Coffeyville and Neodesha
are still operating; our water supply here in Independence is off for
the 'duration'; they just now said on television it is back on, but
undrinkable without boiling first. When I just now tested it, it is
on, but just a trickle; I'll give it a coulpe more hours to build up
the pressure.

Well, that's life in our town for this week!


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