I was going to continue to recount the tale of moving in days but yet another challenge faced us this day that has us believing that moving here has jinxed us.
The past 2 nights we’ve had a total of 9 inches of rain. This could only mean one thing… flooding. Apparently we moved in very near a creek that is known for flooding during record rains. I knew we had a chance of flooding in the area but not quite how much.
I woke up this morning at 5:30am and watched the news. It wasn’t pretty. They predicted record crests that would outdo the known big flood year here in Iowa – 1993. I looked outside and barricades were up but I couldn’t see any water just yet. I feel asleep for awhile and woke abruptly to a knock at the door.
Opening I saw a man in a yellow vest, “Do you have a car out back?”
“Yes I do”
“You are going to want to move it, we need to sandbag.”
OMG I freaked. I got dressed and went to move my car to the mall parking lot a block up. When I got outside I was shocked. There was water in the parking lot and the apartment building behind ours was surrounded by water. I moved my car and on the walk back I looked where the barricades were earlier and now there was water, lots of water. Water was coming from 2 sides and I was beginning to think we’d be flooded out just over a week after moving in.
This is the building behind ours
This is the road that goes in front of our apartment, to the west
After I got back upstairs I put the news on and hunted down the local newspaper online to find out some information only to be greeted with images like this.
Retail and Business District South East of us
At 9:30am the shut our power off to protect the transformer from water damage. Worse then was that the forecast was for 90 degree temps with heat index in the 100-110′s. We were going to be hot and without power. Not a good look for the day.
I’m terrible under stress. I get snappy and bitchy. I get really tense too. Master was feeling it and said we’d go to the grocery next door and get some coffee and cool air. It was a nice relief. On the way home we watched tons of people come to take pictures and site see the flood waters. Our road was also part of a detour for other roads that were flooded so it was busier than normal. The whole day went like this. Lots of people, cars and trucks and no power.
The water crested about midday right at the levels from 1993. We didn’t know until a few hours later that the moving water had blown a water line and the whole city is under a boil order for at least 3 days but could be a week. We went to the store to find out that all the water is gone until tonight. We stocked up on sparkling water and some pop for caffeine. I found a few 20 oz bottles of water so that the cats can have fresh water.
We both need showers but the water pressure isn’t good enough. I need to wash dishes but it’s not recommended for cleaning or anything really. At 5:00 they turned the power back on because the waters had fallen back enough.
We’re in a waiting game now. If you want to see more pictures of our town flooding you can check them out here:
flood photos from the Ames Tribune: Gallery 1 • Gallery 2