Thursday, April 18, 2013

Illinois Floods!

Since Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has issued a "state of emergency" for severe flooding that has impacted much of the state, I thought I'd post a few pictures from behind my house in rural northern IL. While this is low-lying ground and is normally a partial swamp, much of this is actual flooding overflow from nearby Richland Creek and the Pecatonica River, into which the Richland flows.

The shot here immediately on the right is the swamp area, and as you can see on the right hand side of the road, the water is just beginning to overflow the roadway. It's gotten over the road badly enough in the past where the County has had to close the road due to high water, but thankfully it's never gotten quite up to the house, which is a short distance behind my car here.

The next shot is the north side of the Richland Creek bridge, which is located right past the area up in the first photo where the road begins to curve to the left. You can see just how out of its banks the normally narrow, placid creek is. The third and final shot is the north side of the road in the swamp. This swamp was completely (and abnormally) bone dry last summer in the drought, but even when it has water and muskrat or beaver lodges, it's NEVER this full. I would have arranged these pictures in more picturesque, publication style order, but Blogger either doesn't want to cooperate or I don't know how to do it. The latter is the most likely.

This may get interesting before it's over. More rain is supposed to hit tonight!


lee n. field said...

(or, one a little closer to the blues original:

Solameanie said...

I like Peter Gabriel's "Here Comes the Flood." Although unlike Peter, I like the over-produced album version and not the stripped back, piano only version he does in live concert. The album version is more proggy and dramatic.