Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Rain Update

Apparently this has been one of the wettest days in Louisville history. I've heard reports of as much as 8 inches of rain in an hour in some places. Amazingly, noone has been killed as Louisvillians learn that their cars do not magically turn into submarines when the roads are flooded.

I had a doctor appointment this afternoon, and since the interstate was a parking lot, I tried to get through on surface streets. I made it about a quarter of the way downtown, when I got stuck in a deadlock. The street I was trying to go down hit a very low point, which had turned into a small lake. The city fathers had chosen to put barriers between the two directions of traffic, so no turning around and going back until everyone cooperated.

For those of you who don't know, when your tire treads fill up with mud and your car starts to sink, you should ease off on the gas. This is a shout out to the lady who asked all of us to give her a push and then got mad when we told her she was hosed and needed to call a tow truck.

I and about 3 others sat there for an hour trying to convince 50 other people to either backup or turn around and use the nearest intersection to get out of there before a police officer came and made them do it. I rescheduled my appointment so no harm no foul.

The Irish Woman's building completely flooded, as did the animal shelter and the main library. That crushes Junior Bear's plans for this weekend. The library was going to put on a miniature comics convention, but that's probably not going to happen now.

My thanks go out to the LMPD, all of the firemen in Louisville, and the National Guard troops who have worked to help those who need it tonight.

Casa de Oso came through OK. The sump pump is going off with regularity, and both ponds are overflowing. Otherwise, we seem to have come through it OK.

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