Friday, August 6, 2021

Rolling down the River

 

Flooding in Indiana


The meandering Mississippi River worried Jeff, just as it always does. Would it rain too much and river will flood? Would the fields dry when there was no rain? Too much, too little. One way or another, Jeff would worry.  

This winter gave Minnesota enough snow to cover the entire Midwest. The snow melt sent Mississippi rolling and charging down past town after town, filling their fields with muddy water, tearing houses from their foundations.


No longer a gently flowing river as Tom Sawyer saw from Hannibal, Mississippi now rampaged and threatened his field. His neighbors and farmers in his township watched the line of water edge up their fields.

It was hard enough to make a living in the Missouri bottom land.  Flooding water spreading across his cornfields made him think more and more about leaving.   

"Mountains. That’s where I need to go. Take a train ride to the mountains…” Jeff muttered as he continued to fill sandbags and pile them on the levee.

Floods in the Midwest are legendary. The Mississippi River meets up with Illinois River every year.  Towns, crops, fields, schools---The Rivers take care of them all.

This is a repost from 2014. The Rivers flood along rivers and corn fields every spring through the fall..  One spring flooded into our church. Men rowed up the middle aisle to see if the piano was safe. Cinder blocks were placed to raise the piano.

Bold and italicized titles were given in the Wednesday Words by Delores some years ago. She is missed.



24 comments:

  1. It does happen every year. Sad that so many live in its path.

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  2. I remember hearing about some of those floods. I hope you are spared this year. ANd thanks for coming by my blog! I've been without my reading list for awhile but it is back!

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    1. If I see your name, then I will come visiting!

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  3. According to the predictions of Climate Change - we'll all be Jeff, wanting to leave, before we get swallowed up by the waters, especially if we live on islands.

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    1. It is all a wait-and-see time. The world is in a jumble.

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  4. It's a scary world now, more so than ever.

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  5. I live by the Missouri River. No floods this year. It has been a dry year.

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  6. I live near the Mississippi but I'm high enough that even global warming won't get me. I'll be high and dry. I won't have anything to eat or drink, but I'll be dry.

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  7. Delores is indeed missed. I hope she is doing well. And I am very glad that her meme continues.

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    1. She is such a dear blogger, good writer too.

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  8. Good story for sure. And Floods are so destructive. We have volunteered to work in flooded areas. Tough on those who live there.
    Be good and safe...
    Sherry & jack sitting ready to watch it rain, but not expecting a flood, thank goodness.

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  9. I'm sure it would be nervous times living near a river that might flood over.

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  10. If I knew a nearby river would flood every year I'd be sure to build my house far away from the highest/widest flood point.

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    1. That often happens. The town of Grafton relocated their entire town, moved to higher land.

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  11. I've seen and experienced flooding. I don't live that far from the Susquehanna River in upstate New York. If it was every year I don't know if I could cope with it. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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