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Time to build an ark?
It was so cute: after David (11 years old) and Kim and I went wading on sunday, and he helped clear the drains to de-flood the street, he kept hoping it would rain again. He had so much fun -- we all did! Then the rest of the night he kept opening my front door and going onto my porch, checking the sky for rain.

Naturally when the rains came again today, I immediately thought of David. It's such a bummer he left before today's flood -- he would have loved it!

Yes, I said today's flood.... it happened again. And honestly, I would say it was actually worse than on sunday! On sunday, the highest point of my street was only an inch or two deep. Today, the water covered my ankles there. Seriously! At the lowest part of the street, where the drain is, the water almost reached my knees.

Quite a bit of the grass was submerged along with the street. I waded out and cleared the two drains with my feet again, then splashed my way down to where a couple of neighbors were standing. "Got a canoe?"

They both laughed. They were standing on either side of the street, shoes still on, shouting across the lake in order to communicate with one another. I commented that it was seriously deep enough that a canoe would float, and how much I'd love a picture of somebody canoing down the street. Then I went back inside to wash my feet, leaving my door open.

A short while later, I heard my neighbors hollering my name. I glanced at my door, and saw flashbulbs going off. Somehow, I knew. I grabbed my camera and went running back outside.

Time to build an ark

There was one of the men from a few houses down, determinedly paddling his way down the street in his kayak!

It's got to be one of the funniest things I've seen in quite awhile. Kind of a bummer that I'd just cleared the drains though, because he really only needed another inch or two to actually get speed -- he was able to paddle, but only barely.

Eventually he reached the end of Lake Wellesley, as we christened it, and I asked him, "How does it feel to be a pioneer? You're the first person to boat on Lake Wellesley."

Afterward he got out and waded back, pulling it back toward his house. A car drove by, and somebody said to the driver, "Hey, boats get priority in this area! And this is a No-Wake Zone, you know."

Flood 2

We then started a debate about property values. We figure that our property values should skyrocket, now that we have lakefront property. But the big question is: will it be enough to compensate for the basketball hoop duct-taped to the tree???
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kivrin From: kivrin Date: June 9th, 2005 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
That's an awesome picture! I also love the porch goose icon. :)
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: June 9th, 2005 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)

It might!

I think your street is flooding so the sewers do not back up into your basements.

Has it down this in the past?

I think you stole all our rain we did not get any here.
magentablue From: magentablue Date: June 9th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
great photos! and fun neighbors too! now i guess i know where all the water running down our street goes...
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: June 9th, 2005 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Great photos!

Did you warn the kayaker to watch out for the drain monster?
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: June 9th, 2005 08:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Darn, we get lots of flash floods here in Austin but the storm drains work and we don't have time to go kayaking.
behindthefool From: behindthefool Date: June 9th, 2005 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow that looks great! Sounds like you have fun neighbours!

I like little moments like that, they can really make you feel at home. Know what I mean?
From: tlatoani Date: June 9th, 2005 11:09 am (UTC) (Link)
That's awesome! Have you tried shopping any of these photos to the media?
simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: June 9th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
WOW! That's fantastic!!! I'm sorry we missed that one! Too funny!
mactavish From: mactavish Date: June 9th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, I'm sorry David missed it! :(
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: June 9th, 2005 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
WOW. Before reading your post, I wasn't sure if the picture (which I noticed first) was a photoshop of the previous storms photos.

You sure live on an exciting street. < grin >
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