Wednesday, June 28, 2006

State of Emergency

Good evening my friends. I am sitting in the middle of a 9 county state of emergency. "Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink!"

This is unprecedented flooding, never seen before in our area. First note...I am safe and sound. I live on top of the mountain. If it floods where I am, they'd better break out the ARK! My pond did overflow the dam last night, I lost all my plants and the infamous plastic heron washed away but was found. He is now planted safely away from the water. This shot is facing the dam that it went over and is up level with.
I knew I couldn't get to my store in the town of Conklin (my store is also high and dry, but both ends of that town are under water) but I decided to go downtown and see how bad it was. This was what our road to town looked like in many places from ruunoff. We had 9 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. Oh, and I did drive through all these rocks.
There were two fatalities out my way when a bridge washed away and two drivers in a tractor trailor were swept away. This is the trailor trapped under a bridge.
I worked my way into the city, and even in areas that weren't near the river, they were going to spend the day being flooded because of the flood water backing up into the sewer system. From a distance I saw a manhole cover blow off, but I didn't stay in that area. This is from another spot that was soon to be flooded.I made my way to the main bridges in Binghamton. This is a few pictures of what they look like.
The big problem and danger is water breaching the flood walls. This bridge is attached to the length of flood wall, and it is also a close up of the bridge above. Notice the water up level with me...and the bridge! I decided it wasn't safe there if the leaking section of flood wall nearby gave way...so I beat feet outta there!This was the flood wall at 11 AM this morning.This was the flood wall with water pouring over it tonight at 5PM. I apologize for the picture, I took this one off TV where I was safe!The water has breached the flood wall. A major hospital, Lourdes, is being evacuated as I write. The flood wall system is being compromised on all sides. And my church sits on one of those sides...two blocks away from the wall. The neighborhood has already been evacuated.

You can see some additional pictures at my best buddy, Debra Brand's blog.

Please pray for the people of my area. This is devastation on a scale never seen here before!

9 Comments:

  1. Debrand said...
    Hey, at least we can say we lived through the flood of 2006.
    Rulan said...
    Oh wow. Will pray.
    Glad you are okay.
    The Curmudgeon's Rant said...
    What pond?

    All I see is a lake!

    Be careful my friend.
    Bonnie Calhoun said...
    Hey, Brand...get out there and find out what those helicopters are doing!

    I'm glad too Rulan, I feel very sorry for my friends who've lost everything. We gotten reports of church memebers who have lost it all.

    I will Curm...momma didn't raise no fool!

    Can anyone tell if the page is loading faster since i reduced the number of posts on it! I think only dialup people will notice!
    M. C. Pearson said...
    Wow. Wow, wow, wow! I will be praying for your neighborhood. Wow.

    Again, wow.
    Rulan said...
    Some of your friends have lost everything? That is so sad. You keep away from those bridges now, you hear?
    Bonnie Calhoun said...
    Thanks for the prayers Mimi, they can use them!

    Yes ma'am Rulan...well maybe...all right...I won't go back and look until tomorrow...LOL!
    Bernita said...
    Oh Bonnie.
    The contrast between the sunshine and the relentless water...
    Don't take risks. Behave!
    S. W. Vaughn said...
    Bonnie, I never realized you were a fellow Upstater! I live in Mexico, NY, about half an hour north of Syracuse (I lived in Syracuse for 12 years before moving "back home"). It is indeed a small world...

    This is some big mess. We haven't seen it here, other than three days of rain. My thoughts are with you and my neighbors down the way.

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