In general, I don’t think Texans are used to torrential rain falls and floods. We are accustomed to droughts, and summers so hot you can fry an egg on the sidewalk. However, Texans have seen unprecedented levels of rain fall during 2015 and 2016.
When the rains started pouring down in the spring of 2015 we were all thrilled. The drought had left many lakes nearly dry and some people on well water were having trouble with their wells. The rains were welcomed. Even with the flooding, people in the North Texas area were glad to be emerging from the drought.
As much as we Texans welcomed the rain, I think we are a little sick of it. I know, come August we will be crying for more rain. But for now, we have gotten so much rain many of the roads are closed in my area. It is being reported that the current floods are worse then the flooding we experienced in 2015, at least for some places.
According to preliminary data, Lake Bridgeport is now higher than it was during last year's flooding (840.38). pic.twitter.com/8nyURchJy6
— WCMessenger.com (@WCMessenger) April 20, 2016
I was still in bed on Wednesday morning when hubby tried to go to work. I heard him return about 10 minutes later. Here are two pictures he took when trying to get out of the drive.
These are the roads that lead to our property. It goes without saying, we did not drive on these roads. We stayed home for two days until it was safe to drive. At least, I think it goes without saying. However, it never fails that someone will think that they can make it across rushing water, or that their ‘big truck’ can take on the flood waters. Bridgeport Police Department posted this about someone who thought their ‘big truck’ could go around the barricades:
Here is a video of the truck going into the water from 9News:
So please, when you see water and barricades TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN. A day at work isn’t worth your life. Just play it safe.