July 2010

100 Year Storm

Or as we call it around here, Thursday. We’ve had crazy rain storms around here this summer. Up until yesterday, the storms seemed to happen at night only, making for a great summer. But yesterday, the rain started around 8:00 in the morning, and didn’t stop until early this morning. There was a bit of severe weather too. I think that one of our counties was under a tornado warning for over an hour, which is pretty unusual. A Cadillac Escalade ended up in a sinkhole, motor running, wheels turning! The driver was just fine. We didn’t have too much scary stuff around here. A bit of thunder, some lightning, but a decent amount of rain. There are numerous roads closed around here which are flooded over. It makes travel a bit more challenging.

We spent our morning yesterday at the park for Caden’s “Dino Diggers” class. Since it was already quite a deluge, Noah and I camped out in the shelter and played some Battleship.***
Noah Battleship Noah Battleship

Caden got ready to dig.
Caden dino digger

Andy and I played a cutthroat game of Scrabble last night. Check out my stellar selection of letters!
Scrabble-crappy letters!

While Andy beat me in Scrabble, the boys were snuggling in bed together. I think it was because of the storm!
Cute sleeping buddies

Today, we were out driving around, checking out areas that are prone to flooding, to see what we could find.

You can see the line of bark chips and debris way off the road where the water reached.
Rain remnants

This is along Menomonee River Parkway. In the second photo, the river is about twice as wide as normal.
Parkway flooding Parkway flooding

More bark chips/debris showing the water line.
Parkway flooding

I love this bridge. These pictures don’t show the flooding, but I love them!
Bridge Bridge

Bridge boys Bridge boys

The bridge was actually kind of scary. It was a little slippery, and the water was rushing very fast under the bridge. I kept trying not to imagine what would happen if one of the boys slipped off the edge! We made sure to hold hands as we crossed.
Rushing river Rushing river

It’s hard to tell how fast the water was moving, but if you look at the pictures, you can see the water around the branches and trees and get a little bit of the idea.

I think I speak for everyone in the Milwaukee area when I say we’ve had enough for now. But apparently Mother Nature has something else in mind. We’re due for more storms tomorrow. We’ll see what happens!

***All of my pictures were taken using my 50mm 1.8 lens, which doesn’t autofocus on my camera. I’ve discovered I’m not very good at manual focus! But the lens is so great! I need a camera upgrade! 🙂

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