If you want to talk about a bad day, perhaps you should not do so on my Facebook wall. Unless you're deaf, illiterate, or a hermit, you've probably heard about the massive flooding in my little town. I have a bunch of pictures I've taken off of other people's Facebook because I am not retarded and driving to the scenes of worst damage because I have paid attention when they say there are sinkholes. And anybody paying any kind of attention for the last oh, five years, knows that Duluth? Has a terrible road infrastructure that keeps getting delayed because nobody can afford to fix it. That just screams for sink holes. Anyways. Pictures. (In case you can't see the picture or it just shows lines, click on the picture once or twice and it should show up. Or, right click on it and choose "open image in new tab". That usually works.)
And let me be clear- this all happened OVER NIGHT, bitches. We were all told we were maybe going to have some tornado warnings and most definitely severe thunderstorms. Which, we had been having spurts of for about a week and it's no big deal. We deal with that every year. What we don't deal with is THIS MUCH rain all in a matter of a few hours.
This morning we learned that our zoo, click here for link, was hit hard early on. The zoo itself is in kind of a valley and the walk ways occasionally wash out from a lot of rain but it's not anything major. So far eleven animals are confirmed dead from drowning with more to come because the zoo is still 3/4 under water. The worst hit was the barnyard animals (goats, sheep, donkey, etc). A seal got out (actually swam out over the zoo walls) and was eventually rescued from Grand Avenue.
I have so many friends who have flooded apartments, homes, and basements. Would you believe almost nobody has flood insurance because we are not a flood plain? This kind of thing is just not normal for here so my heart breaks for everyone I know who is digging through their losses. There are many communities who have been evacuated or in the process of doing so because the uncertainty of dams holding up.
As for us? We are SO incredibly fortunate to apparently live in the least damaged area around. Despite being surrounded by pedophiles and rapists, our 'hood is not flooded easily. We've only had minimal water in our crawl space, no more than what we'd normally get for rain. Our sewers are all holding up just fine and our streets are totally dry. I ventured out for a bit to get my hair cut only because I was told Tower Avenue (the main drag through town) was fine and no problems. It's fucking WEIRD driving around town looking at what flood waters can actually do to a place. We're expected to get some more rain over night but hopefully nothing like we had last night and through most of today.
But what honestly made me really sad? The loss of the Jay Cooke Park Swinging Bridge.
So if you want to send some prayers and positive thoughts to the people around me, I'm sure they would be more than happy to take them.