I imagine that many of you know that we've had some flooding in New England these past few days. We've had eight straight days of rain, and it looks like it will go to eleven... but fortunately the remainder of today and the next two days are expected to be a mixture of relatively light rain and clear weather. There is supposed to be a coda of heavier stuff on Friday, but the rivers will probably have had enough of a chance to recover by then to stave off any further major problems. Lots of rivers and dams are having problems at the moment, but news reports are indicating that the levels have already peaked. They're saying that the levels are, in many cases, as high as they were in the Great Hurricane of 1938.
We were definitely spared the worst of it in Nashua. Schools were closed yesterday, and I understand that some people were evacuated from low-lying neighborhoods -- either along the Merrimack, the Nashua River, or near the reservoir; but our total rainfall has been well below what many other towns have gotten. Our house is in one of the highest parts of town, so major flooding is never an issue. Minor flooding used to be a persistent problem, though, and this stretch of weather has served to assure me that all the work we've done over the years to make our finished basement truly waterproof has really paid off. Schools are back open today for us, though they're still closed in most of the surrounding towns and cities.
We do still have a problem with flooding in the driveway, as the pipe from the catch-basin to the dry-well has become badly clogged in recent years; but running a portable sump for a little while to clear that out daily keeps that problem well under control. Our annual weekend on Cape Cod was pretty much a wash-out (for the second year in a row) and we weren't home over the weekend so I had visions of having a foot or more of water on the driveway, but it was no more than four or five inches at the deepest -- not that bad, especially in comparison to what many other folks are dealing with.
Yesterday's and today's commutes were pretty bad, due to a ripple effect from a major artery into Boston that has been closed down, and also due to many local roads along the way being flooded -- causing local traffic to be diverted onto the highway and blocking off the short-cuts that I might have taken to get around the highway congestion; but if this is about as bad as the commute gets, I don't have a problem at all.
1. Esther Strom05/16/2006 01:25:08 PM
If only you could funnel it down the coast. My family in south Florida is worried about the raging forest fires because of the lack of rain.
2. Amy B05/17/2006 04:08:06 PM
Glad to hear you and your family are ok.
3. David Bailey05/17/2006 07:20:13 PM
Thanks for the update. I was wondering how you were doing. I'm glad to hear you're OK.
4. Don05/18/2006 10:58:24 AM
One good thing came about because of the rain. Pete (http://www.developingstorm.com/dog/blog/) and I had tickets to the Red Sox game. Even though we strongly suspected the game would get rained out, we still went to Redbones for beer and lunch. As an added bonus, we'll get another "guys' day out" when the game is eventually played later this season.