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Beware of flooding !

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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It rained all day yesterday, and throughout the night (eastern CT). My husband came home from work this morning and said that schools were closed in town. I kept thinking about all the low lying areas and how I need to circumnavigate the area to get to work 18 miles away. I also thought about the low lying waterways close to my driving routes, and close to where my staff live and wondered about the rationale of keeping the library open today. On my way, there was a mobile home park being evacuated within just a couple miles of work, and I know someone that lives there! My assistant and I worried for her and her puppy. Evacuees were being sent to the local school (which was closed today due to a leaking roof!)

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I checked out the building where I work. Yes, water leaked in under one of the doors and the carpeting was wet, but not as wet as other times. (I think that was the source of my asthma attack yesterday.) I checked the basement, it was wet in areas but not anywhere as bad as it was last month while the ground was still frozen. The building is in pretty good shape all things considered.

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My main concern was keeping staff safe. Two members would have to traverse flooded areas to get to work, the other two would need to be aware of flooded areas en-route home as well. My town was declared as an emergency area! I listened to the radio and discovered bridges that were washed out, and roads covered in waters about 2 miles from where I live. I live upland, but behind my back yard there is a waterway, down a shallow ravine. It was still pouring! So I made the decision it is best to stay safe, and close the library for the afternoon and evening. Currently, it has subsided. I know that is a welcome relief. I saw many safety vehicles diverting serious conditions along my way home.

During another recent storm, I was advising my teenager, eager with his learner's permit to drive, to not drive through standing water in the road. This was another area waterway that had over flooded a road. I am certain it is flooded again today. My husband said there was a detour this morning on his way home.

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Safety. Others. Smart thinking. These things are all invaluable. Although closing the library may inconvenience some people, it is more important to take all matters in consideration. Stay home and be safe. Use your head and don't drive through standing water from over flooded roads. The rain will pass, and the sunshine will come out another day.

So, I took it as a good time to make a healthy supper of fresh turkey chili. It smells delicious, is hot, nourishing, and I cannot wait to sit and share it with my family in safety.
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