Things over here are not well. FEMA will be here tomorrow and I'm sure our entire area except those of us lucky to have bought homes on hills (like us) will be declared a disaster area.
Today was one of the worst. A couple major roads closed in Coralville, that is the town 1 mile to our North. I'm there everyday. Today apparently the entire couple roads flooded so bad that almost every business was destroyed in Coralville along 2nd St. and 1st Ave. The Iowa River runs next to it and destroyed everything next to it, including a beautiful new Marriott hotel. Everyone evacuated today along with hundreds of homes.
I work at HyVee again once a week at night since it is summer and the children are home so I can't work during the day. Tonight was my night to work. I arrived to the store okay, but was sure a road near my home would be closed on the way home since while working we had nearly 6 inches of rain and it's STILL RAINING. But luckily for me I got home, but the water was all the way up to the bridge. I wouldn't be surprised if by morning the bridge washes out over by my bank.
I received an e-mail earlier yesterday and was told to come get all my stuff out of my safety deposit box and move it to another branch. They are sure they will loose the bank. Today there was a huge moving truck at Hills Bank and employees were literally running stuff out of the bank onto the truck.
My heart is sad tonight, I cried as I filled up the tank in the van. All $81.20 of it. I'm standing there in the parking lot crying. It all hit me. I guess for one reason I haven't filled the van up with gas in over a year. We usually put $20 in and call it good. I only filled it tonight because our Bishop wrote everyone today and said to make sure we all have emergency supplies ready, extra perscription medicine, bags packed, gas tanks full and plenty of water. The devastation is horrible nearby and it's so hard to see.
While pumping the gas tonight at least 20 Army trucks drove by, then tons of regular pick up trucks, red cross trucks and so on for quite a while. That's when I lost it. The flooding is right here, not in our neighborhood or on our street, but within a mile in one direction and within 2 miles in all other directions. I-80 and I-380, both of our major freeways out of here are closing within the week.
I'm thinking that if it gets much worse we are going to have to leave Iowa for a while and live with family in another state. That is if the power goes. It has gone in Coralville (1 mile North), Cedar Rapids (20 minutes North) West Branch (5 minutes East of here) and many other places. If we loose our power we won't do well for more than a few days and I don't want to wait until there's no way out.
I called Pampered Chef today and told them about the situation here. You can get a special leave of absense if your area is declared a disaster area from FEMA . I'm sure it will be since FEMA is coming tomorrow. This way I won't have to worry about parties for a while and it won't count against me. It's weird because for the first time in 10 years I just couldn't book up June. The shows I did book cancelled because of the flooding. I just couldn't understand it, now I do. People are just so worried and so sick about all this in all towns. I don't know how long it will take to turn this all around. It's crazy and it keeps raining.
Every other day it rains and it is hard core rain.
Today I was at the fairgrounds to help with Brenden's Day Camp for Scouts. It rained all day. Tornado watches all day. the children were stuck under pavillions all day. It was miserable, muddy, stinky and sad. Then in a pavillion nearby I started seeing all these pets show up. Car after car coming by and dropping off pets. I asked what was going on. The Humane Society moved in to the fairgrounds and anyone who has lost their home or has to evacuate who has pets can bring them there. Very sad to see an elderly couple dropping off all their birds and their dog and crying as they did so.
So anyway, YES We are all alright, but so many of my friends are not and so many people I know are displaced and have fled their homes. My heart is hurting.