Rain started in earnest in December, with pockets of sunshine. Right before we got here, in October, the local dam was at at 16% low. By last week it was at 120%. Within 2 days it was at 190%. Because the slow and steady rains had soaked the grounds and because the rain just didn't stop for two days this past Monday and Tuesday.
But this is supposed to be a photo essay.
The pictures on Monday's blog were taken throughout December. Lots of umbrellas. Lots of irony at leaving the rain in Germany to be greeted by rain here. A funny blog (not yet posted) apologizing for bringing it with us,
|Noon on Tuesday, November 11, just 10 meters down the road. We're pretty impressed at this point that the foot bridge is under water and the water has risen to 2 meters.|
|Our road under water and cut off. Noon on Tuesday.|
|4 PM Tuesday. This is about when we thought that the rivers might merge to cut off our path of escape and considered evacuating.|
|THAT'S the side we have to get to to get to school!|
|Just love the irony. Road and nearby yards completely underwater.|
|Awe-inspiring to see. But quiet here. And no call to evacuate.|
|The waters HERE receded overnight and this morning, Wednesday, it was safe to walk.|
|Really. This is our road 18 hours after peak flood. (What do you think of the neighborhood?!)|
The sun is out. 30C. And dry. Bridge undamaged and cars passing.
|That's the yard that was completely underwater 18 hours ago. (Gotta LOVE the neighborhood!) Sunny and dry.|
|Our beautiful road in the sunshine Wednesday morning. I never imagined I would be impressed enough by pavement to post a picture of it!|
|And lookie there - a bridge! Note the 2 meter mark and the tiny trickle of water on the left flowing down the opposite roadway into what is once again a tiny creek.|
|What a beautiful road!|
|Although we were ready to leave on Tuesday. I realize the mini-life vests seem silly in light of the tsunami photos. But you take what you got.|
|Ryan and Andrew staying informed with our borrowed TV set.|
|Emergency supplies also included bowling balls for Aidan and Matthew.|
|Ryan and Aidan in our pool Wednesday. While tragedy unfolds all around us we seem to be wrapped in a bubble of safety and normalcy.|
|Miss Scarlet. In the living room. With the rope.|