While we were heading into the fourth straight year of drought - and the worst of them - many of us wished for rain. People were talking about the lack of rain, there were prayers for rain and even rain dances.
The wish for rain.
It finally came this past week. Slowly first - a nice steady but not heavy rain that made the ground wet. After another day of sunshine and rather cool temperatures the rain returned on Friday and came into full force on Saturday.
It was pouring. Big time.
And our dry land was reacting like a desert - with flash floods.
As you can see in this picture, despite the drought there were people who still watered their lawns... I guess some people just pretend there's no problem at all.
Our street was flooded in no time at all. The top picture was taken from our front door, the second one from our garage. Both were results to completely clogged drains. The flash flood came from a tiny creek that is supposed to go underground here, but since the drain was so much clogged the water found other ways to pour into the street. Since all the drains were clogged here as well, the chain reaction was foreseeable.
Can you see all the debris that was coming with the water?
After a couple hours, the city maintenance staff fortunately came out and cleaned out the drains. Now the streets aren't under water anymore, but the amount of debris is appalling.
It is still raining, and that is good. Even though we've got so much rain, the danger of drought is far from over. We need much much more rain to get back to a "normal" year. There are two more rain storms later in the week on the horizon.
This is a very bad picture of Kaefer standing in the flooded street - but it gives you an idea what it looked like here for a few hours. The water, of course, got into her boots... Wonderful to see that teenagers still can be like little kids. I was ready to put on my rain boots as well and go puddle jumping with her like we used to do when she was little.
What does your weekend weather look like?