Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Texas Floods

As many of you know, it's been flooding and storming in Texas and Oklahoma recently. Fortunately, we are ok, just water logged here at our place! Our ponds are overflowing. This is pictures from one of the ponds last week and we are expecting 4-6 inches more rain this week. I haven't checked the gauge this morning, but last night we were under flash flood warnings and the storms rumbled for hours. We are expecting another round of storms again this evening. Several of the back roads I travel will be under water and I'll have to take an alternative route (although that has been a regular occurrence for a couple months.) 

It seems like it all started in February with snow and since then, it seems like it has rained continually. We had a one week stretch of blue clear skies and an occasional day here and there that is partly sunny, but it's usually followed by more storms. I would love to see some weather statistics and find out how many days we have had rain. I'm getting my excercise while checking cows - it's been too wet to drive in the pasture, so I'm walking a lot! I tried driving just to the barn one day last week and got my truck stuck. Fortunately, I was able to get my old feed truck out and made it home that day and went back later and got the other truck out. 

We don't live near a river or lake, so we are not dealing with the extreme flooding that many are facing. I can't remember ever seeing the Red River full. The times I've crossed it, it was always so sad and you could see the bottom, so it's hard to imagine how full it is and how many roads and bridges are expected to be closed this week because of it, along with the evacuation of livestock and people from the area. But it's not just the Red, it's so many areas that have been devastated by storms and flooding and our hearts go out to all who are suffering now. 

There is one bright spot in it all, Texas is no longer in drought conditions! While I personally would love to see some sunshine, I don't want to complain about all the rain. We are often times in drought conditions, begging and praying for rain. Some years, we are already counting how many 100 degree days we have had by now. To the ones in California, we understand and wish we could send some rain your way. It's usually us Texans saying, please send rain, it's so dry here. 

The tragic loss of life and property to so many is definetly sad to see and read about and our prayers are extended to all those affected by the storms. 

1 comment:

  1. It's sure been terrible for a lot of folks; I'm glad you haven't been affected too badly. Of course, you're right about y'all needing the rain.


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