An eyewitness (sort of) account of a major flood continues, with its immediate aftermath. On September 7-8, torrential rains from Tropical Storm Lee, following the wettest year on record, cause record flooding.
And meanwhile, my spouse and I were seven hours away, and helpless to do anything to help our son,who had escaped his own flooding trailer and took refuge in our house.
The post of September 9, 2011 covers when the flood waters start to recede and it becomes apparent this is no ordinary flood. At this point, we still couldn't get home.
You may ask: why these lookbacks? Well, in some ways, I am still recovering mentally from this flood, and it does help me to know where I've been (and where we are now).
On September 9, 2011, I remember walking through Maine, where we were vacationing, with my mind half shut off, almost like I was in a waking dream. I remember browsing in a store, with a salesperson following me around and I felt totally disconnected from the world.
One thing I would highly recommend if you are in a disaster: don't hesitate to seek counseling if you continue to be depressed months later or if certain events that never bothered you "set you off" (like hearing heavy rain fall making you fearful). We were fortunate enough to have free counseling offered to us and other residents of our neighborhood (although it was months after the event) and, although I didn't take advantage of it, I certainly would have if I was less far along in my mental recovery.
It took a good year, though, to really recover mentally, and it feels good to be able to relive these days now more as a memoir and feeling "hey, we survived this!"
Here's the post:
Floodwaters Receding and Leaving to - Where?
Our entire town in upstate New York is still under a boil water advisory. We will bring some bottled water and cleaning supplies home. Tomorrow our son will let us know if he can get out. If he can, we will be coming home from the state of Maine, about 7 1/2 hours away. If he can't we will be heading to the relative who evacuated to our area two weeks ago.* How ironic.
We, of course, have no idea what to expect. And our area still doesn't know the full extent of damage either. What a terrible next few days it will be.
I will hopefully be able to post an update tomorrow. If not...well my string of daily posts since late in April will end. So be it.
More tomorrow-hopefully from the Binghamton area.
*A relative in our area took in in a family member who was in the path of another tropical storm - Tropical Storm Irene.