Under the watery lash of Tropical Storm Lee, it is the turn of our area of upstate New York floods, days after Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene pounds other areas of the Northeast, to taste disaster.
You can still see some of the damage.
|Once known as Air Force Plant 59, Johnson City, New York|
We were on vacation when the flood hit, and you would think our experience would be different from those who experienced it. You would be right. True, we didn't end up in a shelter as we would have if we were home. But in other ways, it was harder because of the not knowing.
Until that day, I had no idea how strong the longing of home can be. It haunted my every waking hour. Get home...somehow...I must get home....
Not knowing is not a good thing. Not knowing that the biggest employer in our area would have their facility flooded, to the point that the building could not be salvaged, or that it would take five years for the demolition of that building above (what I call the BAE building in my blog posts) to begin.
Nor did I know about the tragedy at the local Petco, one that made the national news.
I didn't yet know about my neighbor, trying to evacuate, who had to be rescued from his car. Or if my house would be OK. Or if my neighbors would be OK.
Here are my two posts from September 8, 2011, with some slight edits.
The Flood Waters Arrive
We couldn't get to our home if we wanted to (if we weren't seven hours away on a good day, anyway) as the flood walls are up. The town erects portable flood walls in several locations and they are up, so our neighborhood is cut off. My job is closed because downtown Binghamton is in major danger of flooding. They have turned the event center at BU into a shelter and there are other Red Cross shelters set up.
The Weather Channel is broadcasting at the corner of Main and Front St. in Binghamton as I type. The river is right up to the flood wall. Downtown itself has never ever flooded. We will hit record stage this people. People are coming out to gawk. Well I might have been one of them.
All the schools are closed. There is a long list of closing on a TV channel website - as bad as a major blizzard. The only good news is - I can now stop talking about Irene.[A tropical storm that hit several days before Lee.]
Wish my son luck.
Upstate NY Flood Update
To my readers wishing for the safety of our house and my son- thank you so very much for your prayers and good wishes. We don't know what to do at this point - because even if we could get home to our area (which would be very difficult right now) we wouldn't be able to enter our neighborhood without a boat.
And the sun is finally coming out here in Brunswick, Maine. So we will try to make lemonade, not knowing what the next few days will bring.