We’re Building an Ark and Loading the Animals Two by Two…

It’s been a rainy weekend in mid-Missouri, boy oh boy has it ever. We have a rain gauge on the farm and we’ve recorded approximately 6 1/2 inches from Friday to this morning. That’s a lot of rain but we’re actually lucky because areas to the south of us had more than 10 inches of rain dumped on them, 10 inches of rain in less than 2 days! We’ve had a very wet few weeks and the ground is already saturated so all of this rain has resulted in major flooding. Seriously guys, it’s legitimately historic flooding (which actually seems to happen every year or two but the numbers don’t lie!).Β 

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This is a graphic from the National Weather Service that shows the rainfall totals across the state.

Parts of several communities have been evacuated throughout the southern half of the state and many people have lost homes. There are so many videos on Facebook of homes that are flooded up to their roofs and even some homes lifting off their foundations and floating away. And sadly, there have been deaths attributed to the flooding. One being an 18 year old young man in a community not far from us.

We’ve been extremely fortunate on the farm, we haven’t had any significant damage caused by the rains or floods. We do have a small river that runs along the eastern border of the farm but it has stayed within its banks so far. The biggest impact to us right now is that we’re cut off from nearly all of the larger communities around us, seriously, we’re on an island.

Here are some stats & facts from this weekend’s flooding for you fact loving peeps:

  • There are nearly 400 roads closed, including a 60 mile stretch of I-44. What?! A 60 mile stretch of an interstate had to be closed due to flooding. Yikes!
  • There are hundreds of gravel roads that are closed or impassable not included in the official road closure tally (the network of gravel roads in rural areas is more extensive than paved roads).
  • Multiple rivers are hitting moderate or major flood stage and a few are breaking flood records (Gasconade, Big Piney, Maramec).
  • Ameren has steadily increased the water being released from the Lake of the Ozarks through Bagnell Dam, there’s currently 86,432 cfs being released into the Osage River. That’s a lot of water going into a fairly small river.

The rains have moved out for now but there’s more rain in the forecast, more rain is not what we need right now.Β When the flood waters finally recede, there are a lot of bridges and roads that will need to be inspected before they’ll be open to traffic. We are a long way from getting back to normal.

I’ll share a personal story with you guys about my experience with a flood:

I grew up in an area of St. Louis known as the North County Area and we lived near the Missouri River (most people only think of the Mighty Mississippi when they think of St. Louis but the Missouri River is just as big a part of the St. Louis area). We lived through a pretty serious flood while we lived in that home in the Fall of 1986 (seven years before the much worse and better known “Flood of 1993”, fortunately we had moved out of St. Louis in ’89). I was eight at the time of the 1986 flood so I don’t remember all the details, I know that we stayed in the house during the flood but there was water in the basement and most of our property was under water. Friends and family rushed to help fill sandbags that were stacked up everywhere to keep the water away from the house as much as possible. Our house was inaccessible by road because the road had flooded in multiple spots so a neighbor with a boat went around and picked up all of us school kids and took us by boat to the point where the school bus could get to. Seriously! I thought that was so cool! The flood seemed to last for weeks but only the first few days were really bad, we had to be prepared to evacuate any second, day or night (there were levees upstream that threatened us with worse flooding). Even though we didn’t have to evacuate (these days we would have been under mandatory evacuation orders) there was serious disruption to our lives. We lost everything that was in the basement because the waters came up so fast and there was major cleanup that had to be done. You cannot imagine how dirty flood waters are. With that being said, I can’t begin to understand what it’s like to lose everything in a flood.

For all the people that lost everything this weekend, keep them in your prayers. If you want to help the victims of the flood, I know Convoy of Hope is in the area and providing essentials to the communities most severely impacted.

Here are a couple pics I took on the farm today:

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This is our pond which was drastically down due to the very dry winter we had. The top picture is from March and the bottom picture is today. I’m standing in the same corner of the pond in both pictures but the spot where I was standing in the top picture is now about 4 or 5 feet under water! The pond had come up about 6 inches or so over the last few weeks but the rest of the water is all from the last two days, and there’s even more water running out of the spillway (and there’s still runoff going into the pond). The ducks are happy in their much larger pond!

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This is where the bulk of the runoff was going into the pond, there was a heavy flow of water running through here over the weekend.

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This is to give you guys an idea of what water can do to roads, this is one of our gravel roads on the farm. The rain running down the hill washed out deep grooves in the road, some are 10″ deep! And that was just runoff coming down the road. Imagine what a flooded creek or river can do.

That’s all for now! Check back in a few days and I’ll let you know if we got anymore of the rains that are forecasted.

Cheers,

D

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