Well, Christmas was great. Just fantastic. There's nothing I love more than spending time with family and friends. And then came the rain. And more rain. And more rain. Nine inches in three days and about twelve in six days. For those of you who live in the area, you know what I'm talking about and for those who don't, consider yourself lucky.
The bottom line is that we're dealing with lots of flooding. I'm not sure exactly how bad it is in St. Louis proper or along the Missouri River but here, across the Mississippi in the American Bottoms, things are a mess. Roads closed, highways closed, subdivisions flooded, levees topped off, folks displaced, and now it's starting to get cold. The county where I live has been declared a disaster area and the Red Cross is here.
Having said all of that, it's not that bad. We're dealing with it and I think the worst has passed. God willing. On my end, I just have a flooded basement. I get up in the morning, pump three inches of water out of the laundry room, go to work, come home, and pump three more inches out. Been doing that for four days. All I can say is that anyone who got a shop vac for Christmas was truly blessed and anyone who gave someone a shop vac with a pump attachment is a true hero.
Also, this isn't as bad as the Flood of 1993. Yeah, my basement is a lot worse now but that's just because all that water we got has nowhere else to go. I have no fear that the levee is going to break and the town is going to get wiped out. That was a real possibility in 1993. And that year, it just went on and on for months. Thankfully, it hasn't rained in about twenty-four hours and things are getting better. So this little flood is just nothing more than a week-long thing. God willing. It's a pain in the rear but we're making it and it's just the price we pay for living in the Bottoms.
So with the Holidays wrapping up and the flood waters receding (God willing), I'm ready to get back to the Baldwin Affair. Come back tomorrow and we'll start talking about the "kidnapping" of Chris Von der Ahe. And to all of my brothers and sisters out there: keep dry and help each other out.