I was planning on posting last night about how much I love rainy days. Despite trudging to classes with my head bent against the wind and jumping over puddles, I took a nice hot shower, put on my fuzzy socks and cuddled under my blankets, ready to write a post and then watch a movie with the hopes that classes would get canceled all while listening to the steady rhythm of rain pounding against my window pane. And then I got the call from my landlord: all six of us needed to evacuate our house due to potential flooding - we live on a river front and with the estimated amount of rain, it is predicted to be the worst flooding in Binghamton history and that "the river level is over 25 feet, above the 25-foot record set in 2006 and more than 11 feet above flood stage. It's expected to rise another foot or so" and "it's unknowable at this point as to whether or not those flood walls in the city of Binghamton will hold."
When I woke up this morning the rained stopped, and I thought that everything would be fine and we could all go back to our house. However, roads are flooded and closed off, the river's in the area are at a record breaking high, and it is estimated that thousands of people have been evacuated. According to MSNBC, "the worst is yet to come. That was the message stressed this afternoon by state and county officials during a news conference regarding the flood event that leaders are saying is of “historical proportions'.”
|Our local Walmart is completely gone. Those are the tops of cars.|
If you are in the Northeast area, please stay safe and dry!