Week 6: Monday - Flooding
Monday, June 03, 2019
Friday and Sunday afternoon, my husband and I helped fill and move sandbags for some friends whose house and business are in the path of the flooded Arkansas River. We *think* they'll be able to stay dry, but what a mess.
Friday when we were there, it was just us and the couple who own the house. We sent out a few texts and rounded up a few more friends who don't even know these people. We were able to fill sandbags and make a wall 2 high all the way around. Their property isn't even next to the river, but it is next to some drainage ditches that eventually flow to the river. While we were there, they were filling up.
My husband went out Saturday and continued helping while I stayed home with our kids.
Sunday, after church, we asked his parents if they could watch the kids and we both went back. What had just been in the ditches when I was last there was now higher than those two rows of sandbags we had placed Friday, but luckily, my husband and several of the owner's family members had been able to place more on Saturday. The house was still dry. We spent Sunday afternoon sloshing through river water in our knee high Muck Boots, making the stack 5 rows high and three bags wide for reinforcement. With the help of a few sump pumps pumping out anything that seeped through the bags in the few feet between them and the house, we think they'll be able to stay dry.
There are lots of people along the Arkansas River who aren't as lucky. And the clean-up, even though this likely won't get in their house, is going to be massive.
Today, slightly sore and a little more tired than usual, I am grateful for so many things.
For a house on hill in the highest part of the city. Lots of times we curse our hilly lot when we have to mow, but right now, I am thankful for it.
For a body that allows me to help when needed. I had no idea how much a sandbag weighed or if I'd even be much help. Now I know that they are 15-50 pounds depending on who filled them....and 15 or 50, I CAN carry it or pass it down the line.
For so many people having a spirit to serve. There were people who knew the owners and people who didn't. People who were just driving by and stopped to help. People driving around with a load of sandbags they had picked up for people who didn't have trucks. This is a huge disaster, but people are our there helping and it's amazing to see.
For clean water. River water is gross; that's all I'm going to say about it.
The River is supposed to peak here tomorrow. We're projected rain Wednesday and Thursday. It's bad, y'all.