Monday, April 5, 2010

A drive to the rivers

Today was beautiful and I wanted to get out and see how the rivers and areas that we kayak in, were doing.
The flood waters have been receding and the upper half of the state is below flood level now, but our half is still a foot above.

We started by going down the side road we take to the rivers. As you can see, the dam here is running full force and there is even a side duct pushing water to the other side. Not a good place for a building.

A little further down is another dam from this area. The whole area was a mill town in the old days. The road was flooded here, but the main road was passable.

On the other side of the road the river runs downward and as you can see, flooded it''s banks. The house had been hit but the waters have subsided in the last few days.

We went along route 91 which is where the ponds and main rivers converge. The first pond was ok now, but when we got to the next pond and dam outlet, we were greeted with this site. I can only imagine how bad it is at the next section, but all the side roads are also flooded since there are a lot of smaller outlets in this area.

We turned around to head home and on the way back went a different route. This area is called Usquepaugh. It is an old mill village and where the Kenyon grist mill is. It is the only corn meal I will eat, makes the best breads. This is the original road to the mill, but the main road behind it, was still ok. It is a shame to see all the damage in the areas and I thank God for living in a dry area. I don't think we will be paddling on these rivers for awhile. Even the residents in those areas are still stuck, using boats to get to dry land.


paulette said...

OMG!! The poor people who live in this area! Just terrible! I'm so glad your house is safe!! Take care and no kayaking for you!! least for awhile!

Joanne said...

Oh my goodness Debbie - so pretty yet what a shame with the damages.

moosecraft said...

Wow! I feel so bad for everyone that lives and works there! You got hit so much harder than our area. Very sad to see so much ruin from a storm... glad you are OK though!

Carrie P. said...

I hate to see all that but I am glad to hear you are good. We had tornadoes in our area a couple weeks ago. Lots of destruction but we didn't have any. I am grateful too.

Cat Haven Crafts said...

Oh My! Mother Nature seems to be in a snite! Hope all are safe even with all the damage.

Tina said...

Our quilt guild president lives near the mill in Usquepaug. The water came within inches of their house. They were lucky to stay dry and have another way out to the main road.

soggibottom said...

Such a shame to see anyone who has been flooded. Believe me I do know how they feel.
When the sky turns blue and the sun comes out after all the rain, you wonder where all the water came from.
x x x

AllisonK said...

Debbie, how wonderful that you have a blog also. I look forward to getting to know you better.

All that flooding. What a tragedy.

rockriverstitches said...

Oh my goodness! How terrible. So far so good our area hasn't been flooded. In the past 2 years its been really bad for us. Hope this year we have no floods. Fingers crossed.