I thought I'd post a couple more before and after flood pictures. I sure wish my camera would have handled the low light better. But it was raining both times I took the pictures.
These first ones were taken Wednesday morning before the river left it's banks.
The water in the fields in the first picture is because of the quick snow melt and rain before the river overflowed it's banks. In the second picture you can get a wee glimpse of the river in the far left of the photo.
These next two pictures were of the same valley just a wider shot about 32 hours after the first pictures were taken. It flooded a lot quicker than they thought it would.
And this one was taken from my friends neighborhood a bit higher up the same hill. The water goes clear across our little valley and covers it all.
The good news is the river is supposed to crest sometime this evening or overnight. It's been raining off and on all day. And tomorrow - DRY! Yeah! Saturday brings more spotted showers but the worst will be over. Most of the flood was probably from the rapid snow melt when the warm rain hit the mountains.
When they saw the water rising so quickly Wednesday they sent all the kids home from school early. Ours made it home in plenty of time and were not really affected but some students whose families live in the more affected areas are staying with neighbors, friends and even at the local fire station.
It's just amazing and over-whelming to see it first hand and watch how terribly swift the water moves, and realized just how huge this flood is. The bridge that I took my first pictures from has been closed to foot traffic now and will not be reopened until they can inspect its stability. But I'm sure it will be fine. Tomorrow I'll try and get some video footage to show everyone a different perspective.
Thank you for your kind comments. Our family is completely safe and dry as our home is up on one of the hills. My husband has been working from home today and will work from home tomorrow as well. We knew it was coming, as did most people in our area, so we stocked up on supplies and fuel before it hit. I do however suspect that the shelves at the local grocery store might be depleted fairly quickly by tomorrow.
But keep our community in your prayers for if anyone were to have a medical emergency the only way out is by helicopter or boat.