Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Aftermath

For us there was very little aftermath from the tropical deluge; just a reminder that it is smart to clean the gutters periodically. Our power didn't go out and we weren't forced from our homes. Others weren't so lucky...



Overall, for the vast majority, things could have been much worse. However, several hundred were flooded out of their homes and a few died. This storm has left its mark. Today was actually mild, dry, and fair. The waters should recede quickly and we will move on.

The award for overreaction goes to KOIN tv, who called this the Storm of the Century. They must have a lot of faith in the rest of the century. In 1996, we had this kind of rain off and on for a month and it kept raining after that too. They had to sandbag downtown Portland. The flooding covered the large swaths rather than the usual localized floodplains. This was nothing like that.

5 comments:

Pandabonium said...

3/4ths of the Earth is covered with water. Sometimes more it looks like.
Glad you're OK.

Flood of the Century, KOIN? Yeah, right. Wait until Greenland's ice melts.

Dean Wormer said...

Technically, they're probably right. The "so far" is left unstated.

Don Snabulus said...

PB,

Indeed. The waters are receding pretty fast here though. A couple days of dry, cool weather helped contain runoff and snow melt.

DW,

In terms of flooding, yes. But I think the winds caused more damage in last year's storm...at least around here.

Dave said...

We have of course had flooding up here in Washington. I am sure you have heard that I-5 was closed in Centralia and Chehalis.

Getting to work on Monday meant getting my brakes washed. Funny, they work better now than they ever have!

Swinebread said...

I walked to work during the storm, which was very unpleasant, but I was surprised at how bad it got for others in the Pacific Northwest.