Saturday, June 28, 2008


Yes, we are still here. No we have not floated away. :-) Thanks to everyone who has been concerned for our safety and well being here in flood-ravaged Iowa. Thankfully, we are okay, and we are enough uphill from the river to not be under any threat from the floodwaters. We did get a slightly flooded basement last week after some very intense storms that rolled through our area. Fortunately, there was no actual damage, just a soggy basement that needed to dry out.

We have been having some really crazy weather lately. These past few days we have finally gotten some respite from the relentless rains, but it seemed like it rained everyday for days on end. A couple of weeks ago (the same night our basement flooded) Brett and I actually had to go to the basement for the first time since we moved to Iowa. There was a tornado warning and a rotating wall cloud passing right above Davenport and lightning was striking SO close to our house that it was definitely time to take cover. For those of you who don’t know what a wall cloud is, this is what it looks like:

(Please note that this is just A wall cloud, not THE wall cloud- image from

Definitely enough to freak me out! Luckily, the whole thing blew over without incident (well, except for the flooding I guess).

Last weekend when we were flying to the Quad City Air Show, I took the opportunity to snap some aerial pictures of our swollen rivers.

If you look toward the left side of the picture above, you will see that there is water covering the city streets.

This picture is of Credit Island Park where the Palmer softball team plays, and also where Brett & his friends like to go golfing. As you can see, it is completely under water. You can make out the faint outline of the baseball diamond, tennis courts, and that building completely surrounded by water is the clubhouse.

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