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Iowa floods - How are your doing Luv?

KJuneBug's picture

I was just reading the news, we have been watching the midwest weather closely as we had just traveled through the area on our trip and our oldest daughter is working in Minnesota this summer (she spent yesterday evening dodging tornados).  I saw that Keokuk is now on the flood watch list.  So I thought I would see how you and your family are holding out?  Give us an update as soon as it is possible, I cerrtainly understand that you may be dealing with some difficult stuff and getting through a day might be tough.  Hang in, pray lots and know that lots of us Believers around the country are praying for all of you.

God Bless, KJuneug     


KJuneBug's picture
Re: Iowa floods - How are your doing Luv?

So you two mention going to get groceries and DQ how do you know that the food supply is safe for consumption?  Will there be laten health issues after the water recedes, concerning food safety and or buildings that might become infested with mold?

And, you have mentioned a couple times about crossing bridges that are in high water, how do you know that they are safe to cross? Trusting the government's opinion?

Re: Iowa floods - How are your doing Luv?

I can finally post something about the flood in Fort Madison.  We live about 3 blocks from the River luckily we're on higher ground so my Mom and I were safe from the flood waters this time around (we were worried, stressed out and anxious)...compared to the flood of '93 and '08 the difference for us is that we did not have any ground water so luckily this time around our basement did not flood like last time!!  Some neighborhoods were flooded out, people either evacuated or stayed home to fight the flooding!  The Bridge did had to close a couple of times that connected to Illinois due to the high water on the Iowa Side...I know of employees having to use a boat to get to work at the water treatment plant that was fortified by sandbags.  Our main park next to the River was completely flooded over...it's going to be a mess cleaning up! 

Oh yeah...deer, rabbits, skunk and turtles have been seen around town...water moccasins have been viewed around the flooded neighborhoods...ugh!!

LuvMaerz's picture
Re: Iowa floods - How are your doing Luv?

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

Gatewalker, my husband drives through your neck of the wood everyday on his way to work in Burlington.  We went through there Monday to go to Burlington for our anniversary.  It is just crazy to see how far up the water was (and still is), but luckily it is receding.  Last night, we had 2 1/4 inches of rain, which is good for the gardens but not so good for the receding waters.

Sunday night we went across the bridge into Hamilton to see my husband's gma and go get some Dairy Queen.  It was the first time I had been across since the flood, and it is odd to see the water lapping at the side of the raised roadway like that.  A lot of driftwood and trash lay around in areas that were covered by water but are now dry.  And all over the area, people are sitting on sides of the road, etc. in chairs, fishing in the floodwaters!

KJuneBug's picture
Re: Iowa floods - How are your doing Luv?

Your anniversary? on Monday? ours was on the 24th!

LuvMaerz's picture
Re: Iowa floods - How are your doing Luv?

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

Yep, June 23 :-)  We have been married 7 years now, together for 12.  I was 15 (almost 16) when we started dating :-)

dcharrison's picture
Re: Iowa floods - How are your doing Luv?

The 24th is our youngest daughter's birthday and yesterday was our son's.

Cindy/KS

Re: Iowa floods - How are your doing Luv?

I was reading on the Burlington Hawkeye website earlier, the paper said that Fort Madison was one of the worst flooded areas...DUH!!  Our county's emergency management said that FEMA will be sitting up an office in Town...I truly hope that FEMA won't screw up this time around like during Hurricane Katrina...we'll just have to wait and see what FEMA does or won't do!  I had to drive to the grocery store this morning and was so glad to see that the water is receding on the streets..

I haven't dared crossed over to Illinois since the flooding began.....I don't want to be one of those sight see'ers that officials don't want around the sandbaggers and levies...besides I see enough of the flooding in Town :)

I heard about the thunderstorms we had last night...as usual I slept through it! :)

I do know for a fact that although the Des Moines River is receding as the Officials are saying...it's really high!!!  I had to drive to Wayland Mo this morning and saw how how that River really is!!  It's going to be a long time before Highway 61 to Alexandria Mo is open again...the Des Moines River meets the Mississippi River...I wonder if Rairden's Junkyard was flooded :(

 

LuvMaerz's picture
Re: Iowa floods - How are your doing Luv?

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

My in-laws live off of the 61 bypass and walked down and looked a week or so ago.  I am pretty sure that the water was up to the railroad tracks and more than likely, the junk yard too.  I am so ready for 61 to open back up so we don't have to keep taking the detour when we go to Kahoka to see my parents.

Re: Iowa floods - How are your doing Luv?

Good to hear from you again, Gatewalker...was wondering how you were faring! Stay away from those water moccasains!

Re: Iowa floods - How are your doing Luv?

Thanks Kevin...I know I've been quiet (now that's amazing!! Lol) but I do come to this site a lot! 

If I ever do see a water moccasin...you will be hearing me scream from Iowa to Ohio :)

Re: Iowa floods - How are your doing Luv?

Randi, Glad to hear that you are ok and safe.  My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.  I've never been through a flood before but I have a neighbor who has a couple of times due to a 'small' creek in her yard.  Just about a month ago, she had water again in her finished basement and had to clean it up.  She says it's getting harder for her to get flood insurance due to the amount of times she has had to file claims. 

KJuneBug, been wondering, did you get any good buys in Dresden especially in the factory store?

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Re: Dresden good buys

We did purchase a few things from the "seconds" area, one thing I picked up was some fabric by the yard.  We did have a really great time though.  Me and our three daughters made our own baskets, while my husband and our two sons took pictures of us, then we went shopping and I bought a basket that they only sell at the Homestead.

I have to say, that we loved your state of Kentucky! We spent nearly a week in your state.  We went out to Rod and Staff in Crockett, then up to the horse park i Lexington, and onto 5 days in Louisville.  While there we toured and my husband went to his conference.  We did take a day trip down to Mammoth Cave via Elizabethtown, Hodgenville and a little of the Amish area sort of NW of the Nat'l park.

Kentucky is beautiful!  Is it always so green? Does it get super hot in the summer?      

Re: Dresden good buys

 Yes Kentucky is usually this green except for last year when we had the drought.  Our weather is funny and due to this, we have more cases of breathing problems then most areas (high mold & pollen).  Normal summers start out with highs in the 70's  going into the high 80's low 90's by August but just last week we had in the mid 90's.  Many times it's not the heat here but the humidity.

I do love going to Louisville, it is one of the few big cities that I feel safe walking down the streets.  With my son going to school there and one of my best friends living there it seems like I'm there at least once a month.  In fact I'm headed  there one day next week.  Another son is coming in from Alaska so we are going to go 'play' there for a dayLaughing 

LuvMaerz's picture
Re: Iowa floods - How are your doing Luv?

"Aspire to inspire before you expire"

Thanks for the thoughts!

My family is not directly affected by the flood waters, as the town of Keokuk for the most part is up pretty high above the river.  BUT the closing of the major roads into town does affect us.  For instance, my husband's shop is across the bridge on the IL side in Hamilton.  On Sat night, there were rumors of that bridge closing, so my FIL took him over here so he could bring his work truck home.  He is working on a project in Burlington, so he has no real need to go to Hamilton everyday.  Apparently, they did end up closing the bridge last night, but reopened it this am.  It was taking abot 45 minutes to drive across it, as compared to the normal 1-2minutes.    My dad lives in MO and works here in town, so he has to take a detour to get here, as the hwy/bridge link between MO and IA are closed.

I feel very fortunate that our home is in an unaffected area, but I can't help but feel horrible for my friends and aquaintances who are affected.  Even in Quincy (where we used to live) they are closing bridges.  In Canton, where I went to college, they are shutting things down and evacuating.  It is just a nightmare for these people, but unfortunately one that happened once before in 93.

There is a lot of sandbagging going on and Red Cross relief/disaster stations set up.  All we can do is pray for the rain to slow down (which, at THIS time, there isn't any in the forecast this week) and the waters to start to recede.  Then these people can go back to rebuilding things, such as they did in 93.

KJuneBug's picture
Re: Iowa floods - How are your doing Luv?

We will continue to pray for you and and the folks in your area.  Sounds really messy.  My Sister was actually affected by the floods of 1993, she and her husband had to go to a wedding in Iowa, she ended up with giardia while pregnant with my neice.  I know the problems that this flooding causes.

Glad to hear from you!

 

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