Saturday, October 10, 2015

The World Did Not End on October 7th

For all those who wondered - we are high and dry. The "1000 Year Flood" did not effect us. Which brings me to ask, who was around in the year 1015 to record the last such fluid disaster in this area? But I digress.

For some reason the area we live in was spared the devastation many parts of our dear state received. Even thought we live less than a 1/4 mile from the Edisto river, a flooded driveway (which only needs a good rain to achieve that condition at anytime) and a soggy back yard (that enthused our dogs greatly) are all we have to show for it.

But we were prepared - sort of. I had gone to the store and bought groceries. Naturally most of what I brought home needed to be refrigerated or kept in the freezer. If we lost electricity we would be SOL. Cooking was no problem given our camping equipment. I had not thought of clean water. I had not gotten cash from the ATM's or filled my car with gas. My DH had gotten bags of dirt and stacked them 3 high on the side of the house that opened to the sun room and garage - the areas most prone to flooding. And all four of our vehicles were parked in our low lying driveway. 

During the night of the 3rd my phone went off three times at 11:11 pm. 3:15 am, and 4:14 am with system wide reverse 911 calls advising of area flash flood warnings. I feared when we awoke in the morning we would find the wicked witch dead and everything in color.

But, we were safe, the house was dry and there was no damage. However, when turned on the TV we saw that we were the lucky ones. Most of the state had been slammed with heavy rains and flooding. Streets had turned into rivers sweeping cars away and filling the lower parts on many homes with water.People were being rescued by boats. It looked like Armageddon. 

There had been a prophecy that the world would end on October 7, 2015. Well the rains came on the 4th and 5th. On the 6th the dams began to break. By the 7th the sun was shining but it was Hell on earth for many citizens in our state. The world did not end, but it was not a pretty sight and it will be years before the damage will be repaired. Memories of Hugo come back to the minds of everyone old enough to remember that storm and its violent swath across the state.

But we were spared and it's a good thing since this is a list of items the Emergency Preparedness Center suggests each household have done prior to any predicted weather emergency:

  • buy bottled water and fill bath tubs with water
  • buy non perishable foods, enough for several days
  • have cash on hand in case banks and ATMs are not accessible
  • fill all vehicles up with gas
  • move vehicles to a safe place (high ground away from trees and objects that can blow over)
  •  put sandbags in front of any parts of your home that are in low lying areas prone to flooding   
Well, out of that list, I had done, uhm - none. God looks out for fools, drunks, and idiots like me.

Monday morning I went to Walmart to pickup a few things. The shoppers were calm, going about their business. No one was frantic. The store was full and the shelves were emptying. I think folks realized that given many bridges and roads were closed it may be hard for vendors to get in and restock the store. As I was checking out, this older man with a stubbly beard was walking around saying, "You know the river is going to flood and wipe us out. That's what the weather people say. It's true." No one even paid attention to him.

I looked in my buggy. Perhaps I should go back and get some bottled water and non perishable food, fill my car up with gas, and stop by the ATM on the way home. Chicken Little may be saying the sky is falling, or in this case, some redneck may be mumbling that the river is rising, but I think I will play it safe this time.

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