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The Flood of 2011 – Pictures included

Thursday, September 08, 2011

It is a bit disheartening how much devastation the world is going through. I usually try to look on the bright side, today is a bit somber though. Our area is once again on the National news because of severe flooding. We had a similar flood in 2006, but this one has surpassed that one. This year there are evacuations from areas that were not even affected in 2006. For all those people who lost everything and then rebuilt my heart goes out to them.

I have a boat garden in my yard – it is a real row boat filled with dirt and planted with flowers. This is the boat last year…

And this is my boat garden today…

I at least was able to walk the dog although we had to take a different route because of the flooding. Here is the road I use to walk her down…

Instead we walked along the road I live on and the name should tell you something, River Rd. And yes one of the rivers in our area is not far from it. Here is picture of the golf course that runs along Chenango River…

And this is the building along the golf course…

And one of my favorite sounds in the area is the trains that run along the hill which is behind my house and across from our local highway. That highway is closed from a mud slide and parts of the tracks are hanging off the side of the hill…

When I took my walk earlier I walked across a bridge that goes over that highway and it was surreal to have no vehicles on it. I felt like I was a part of a Stephen King book.

On a positive side - we had several family members and friends call us today - we are loved!
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    Amazing photos. A place of beauty despite the flooding.
    3304 days ago
    I'm so sorry this happened to you. This kind of change takes a long time healing. Wrapping my arms around you... emoticon
    3416 days ago
    I hope some normalcy has returned to your area and that you are getting the help that you need to repair and rebuild. My prayers are with you and yours. emoticon
    3448 days ago
    I was devastated! Sorry to hear about your garden! I must have misunderstood or misread an earlier blog. My heart goes out to you all. These seem so familiar. We had family who lost everything in Jopin , Missouri and floods along the Mississippip River we knwo also affected. Been down that road and feel for you all. so sad for you all too. Sorry your garden was udner water. Did you get to ahrvest ti before the flooding? I hope so. Unreal! But when you hear from someone personally you can really see the devastation than just hearng about it on TV. Sorry for all your lost and suffering. I pray you all survive this! I knwo it amkes you want to be on higher ground. I pray you get pass this. May G*d be with you all. Many times good comes out of bad. WE get flooding in our area, but have nto for two years, (Our basement had a foot of water, but what you got was more than a foot! )

    I pray you do not get fungus in your house, because that is what we got after we had a flood and water damage, in 2007 and I got very sick from the fungus, a lung infection and it took me 6 months to get over it. I am still weak from it, but stronger than I was. Make sure you clean it with lemon or lysol, its the only way to kill fungus . It will rot everything in its path if you dont kill it. The only other thing that can kill it is sunlight or an ultraviolet lamp. Good luck! susana
    3451 days ago
    So sorry you're dealing with this. It has been a terrible year...floods, tornadoes, drought, fires. Praying for everyone who is suffering.
    3453 days ago
    I'm so sorry to see your pictures but glad you are ok. We live in Endicott and can't belive the water everywhere.
    3453 days ago
    Incredible. The reminded me of what my back alley looked like during a freak hail storm I had here in mid-August. Our county has been proclaimed a disaster area because we have two rivers running through it.

    I feel for you, yet am glad that you and your family are alright.

    Take care of yourself.
    3453 days ago
    Wow that is what I call a flood. Glad to see you are OK. How sad to see all that devasatation!
    3453 days ago
    Oh, wow... I am so happy to hear you are safe, but that devastation is awful.
    We have had a bad year of floods in Australia too, luckily not near me. I hope things get back to normal for you soon and that the weather is kind for a change.
    3453 days ago
    what amazes me that that you WALKED!!
    3454 days ago
    In southern MD we have been hit hard too. The pictures of the sink holes are amazing. Our home is fine, but today is the first day since Wednesday that I will be out myself. Others have gone out, but I have chosen to stay off the roads. All are in my prayers. (One way to look at it...you won't have to water your plants for a while...if we don't laugh we will cry...oh wait...I have done that too.) Hugs to you. emoticon
    3455 days ago
    sorry about your beautiful boat garden. Thank God you are safe. It's amazing what is going on with the weather.

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    3455 days ago
    I am glad your house is safe. Sorry about the flooding. I too love the sound of the trains. Hopefully, the tracks will be repaired quickly. Thank you for sharing the pictures.
    3455 days ago
  • REYVE01
    How horriable to see your community in disaray..... Keep your chin up... the sun will come out tomorrow...
    3456 days ago
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    Wow! Unbelievable! Thanks for sharing those. The only good thing is that in times like these, it really does bring family and friends much closer together.
    3456 days ago
    Wow. Those pictures are breathtaking in such a sobering way.

    It's very hard to look on the bright side in the face of so much destruction, yet you're here, and you're surviving, and you're staying safe--all great things. Take care!
    3456 days ago
    Please stay safe, things can be replaced but you can't be. Thank God you and yours are all safe.

    Take care.
    3456 days ago
    Thx goodness YOU and your loved ones are okay...! Guess Mother Nature has a way of reminding us of what is truly important in our lives...!

    3456 days ago
  • DEE107
    oh my you are flooded too hubby is having a hard time to get to work with the flooding in the area up where he is during the week
    3456 days ago
    I'm sorry your area has been so devastated. emoticon
    3456 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    Please take good care of yourself. We are in Atlanta visiting my son & dil. 3 tornado sirens went off on Sunday. 2 hit down...1 just south of us and 1 north. Caused such devastation. We were very lucky.
    3456 days ago
    It just keeps going on and on. At times I wonder if it will ever quit, or at least let up some. Those railroad tracks hanging down the side of the hill just leave me speechless. I hope that things dry off for you soon. Thanks for sharing the pictures, and stay safe!!
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    3456 days ago
    I'm so sorry you have had so much flooding, I'm just thankful you are alright. That is special that you and your pup can still walk in spite of the flooding. Thank you for posting the pictures. I love your boat garden and it is sad that it is now underwater. Glad folks are checking on you.

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    3456 days ago
    Thanks for sharing pics. Too much devastation in the world these days. So glad your home didn't get flooded. I myself think that having our house flooded and having to clean that mess up afterwards would be the worst of all the catastrophies mother nature throws at us.

    Take care
    3457 days ago
    Mother nature at its worst. Here in New Jersey it is bad also. Take care and be safe!! Moni emoticon
    3457 days ago
    My heart goes out to you. It is so devastating. You will get through it. I am praying for you all.
    Jo Ann
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    3457 days ago
    Terrible scenes. The world is crazy - floods in some parts and famine in others. Take care and stay safe dear friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Val, sorry for all you folks out there. We are praying. Thank you for sharing your pics, it really makes it a reality to me.

    Take care and be safe, my friend.

    Elaine emoticon
    3457 days ago
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    My heart and prayers go out to you Val and so many affected by such odd weather patterns.May this be over,you all need a break from this to put your lives back to more normal! emoticon emoticon We are having odd weather too,it's been really dry and upper 80's which is a bit abnormal for September and had a cooler than average summer overall! Knowing you are cared for by your loving friends and family,you will get through this shining! emoticon emoticon emoticon Diana emoticon
    3457 days ago
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