Musings on Photography

Floods

Posted in local color by Paul Butzi on January 8, 2009

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Well, it’s warmed up. It’s no longer snowing. In fact, pretty much all of the snow that fell has now melted. Sure, we have the occasional stray pile of snow that hasn’t melted, but nearly all of the snow has turned back into good old liquid h2o.

And, of course, it’s now raining. It’s raining a lot. And all that rain is running into the streams, along with all that water from the melted snow. All this water in the streams has had a pretty dramatic effect. The little seasonal stream that runs past our home is no longer a little burbling stream. It’s now a Raging Torrent(tm). I step out the mudroom door, and it sounds I’m standing on the Maid of the Mist at Niagara. But louder.

And down in the valley, the rivers are already over the banks. Most roads into and out of the valley are under water – the predictions show the peak being the highest flood level since 1990. When we had flooding like this in 2006, Carnation and Duvall were entirely cut off, and I expect that will happen again this time.

I’m expecting the floodwaters will peak tomorrow, and by Saturday, we’ll be able to get out again. Again, we just took a delivery of propane, so even if the power goes out, we’re good. We’re about 500 feet above the valley floor, so we’re not at risk from the flooding, although it can be mightily inconvenient.

Unusually heavy snow. Unusually extreme flooding. Sheesh.

Update: noon, Thursday

From our house, we can drive into Carnation, but all the roads out of Carnation are closed. Floodwaters higher than 2006 by at least a foot. A lot more houses in town are flooded. Everyone is fine, but this is a heck of a mess.

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  1. xtacocorex said, on January 8, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Welcome to the world of Cedar Rapids, Iowa last spring…

    Flooding is no good. I’ve never seen a flood until last spring and I hope I don’t have to again, but our winter is sort of on track for something similar to last year.

    Hope all stays well out on the west coast, at least the water may give rise (no pun intended) to some good pictures.

  2. Anita Jesse said, on January 8, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    I’m glad that you are all right. When I checked out a satellite map to get a look at the weather in your area,I was shocked. I hope you stay dry and that the propane holds out.

  3. Oren Grad said, on January 8, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Stay dry – take care.

  4. Rene Hales said, on January 10, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Paul, have been thinking of you and all the wet weather in your area. Glad to hear you are safe. Hope the sun soon shines.–Rene

  5. Chris Klug said, on January 12, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Your images lately are wonderful. You’re shooting them with a macro lens, correct? Do you hand-hold most of them or do you cart a tripod around? I ask because the DOF seems very shallow and when I try to hand-hold images like that the DOF drifts all over the place, it seems. Very nice work.

  6. Markus Spring said, on January 13, 2009 at 5:58 am

    I like the reflecting areas in this composition, something I try to master since quite some time – I never get the right amount of reflection and color of the reflected light. The sky blue in these shiny areas works well with the overall brown.
    Re. the flooding: hope you are safe and dry. Better be prepared….


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