We were in the midst of several days of hard rain. I took some photos out of the window, then decided to go exploring.
At the creek near the house, it was running high and violent. Large waves would come and go and large debris was pushed downstream.
Lots of flooding on streets and several businesses under water.
We ended up at Litzinger Road Ecology Center (Danelle’s work) to move important stuff to higher ground as there was a large likelihood of flooding. Here are photos from the building looking at the flooded creek.
Possibly most annoying was the water in my basement. Many people had it worse than me, so I’m not complaining, but explaining. I pulled out 300 gallons of water in 1 day and most of the water coming in was going straight to the drain.
In the aftermath, we found an un-used wedding present that was packed away deep on a shelf. Its still good 15 years later.
I’m obsessed with the Meramec flooding! Today I drug the whole family back out to the river to see where it was at. The kids had been out of town and didn’t get to see our two visits earlier in the week.
This must be foreshadowing…
So Corvin and I walked farther down the road to see the mess.
Tons of worms died on the road.
Just see the stripes of the road in the water.
Corvin stepped on a fish and didn’t want to go any farther…
Panoramic of the flood.
Working downtown near the river, I get to see it changing every day. I just can’t seem to get enough with the flooding.
Mississippi river at 34.34 feet at St. Louis Arch.
Rivers have been up quite a bit in 2011. I paddle the Meramec river at least once per month. I watch the water levels as I pass over the river to work each day. I’ve often taken the kids to Emmenegger park to hang out and hike trails. On this particular day, Danelle was sick and needed to sleep. So i took the kids to the park to check out the flooding while Danelle slept. We spent a couple hours at the park and saw a noticeable rise in the level of the river before we left. Here are a few photos of near the highest level I have seen at this park.