Wednesday, June 11, 2008

It isn't going to stop!

Rain.
Rain.
Go away.

We've had almost two days of sun. The bridge is reopened in Readstown.

Yesterday morning I watched newsclips of Lake Delton bursting into the Wisconsin River. I didn't know that Lake Delton was a man made lake. Click this for the Video and news story.


Today's weather report?
Not good:

...HEAVY RAIN POSSIBLE FROM TODAY THROUGH
THURSDAY EVENING...

.SEVERAL ROUNDS OF THUNDERSTORMS
WILL MOVE ACROSS
THE REGION FROM
LATE THIS MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY
EVENING.
THESE THUNDERSTORMS WILL
BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAIN.
RAINFALL TOTALS DURING
THIS TIME PERIOD ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE
BETWEEN 1 AND 4 INCHES. WITH
GROUNDS SATURATED FROM THE RECENT
HEAVY RAIN...ALONG WITH SOME
RIVERS JUST DROPPING BELOW FLOOD
STAGE...
THERE WILL BE A HIGH RISK
FOR COUNTY WIDE FLASH FLOODING AND
RIVER FLOODING FROM ANY FURTHER
HEAVY RAIN.

SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL MOVE
TOWARD THE AREA THIS MORNING
FROM WESTERN IOWA AND THE DAKOTAS
EARLY THIS MORNING. THIS RAIN
WILL BEGIN TO OVERSPREAD THE AREA
LATE THIS MORNING AND CONTINUE
INTO THE AFTERNOON. FROM TONIGHT
THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING...THE
THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE CONCENTRATED
MAINLY OVER MINNESOTA ALONG THE
SLOW MOVING COLD FRONT.
While in town yesterday I did run into a 'pal' of mine. His name is Ronnie a war veteran and a real character who runs a business towing vehicles.
He has a sense of lunacy about him that makes him very endearing. He is almost never seen without his Belgian Shephard, Freeman.

He lives in LaFarge, one of the towns that has been severely flooded. He moved out of his town when the waters began to rise. He said he'd been sleeping with Freeman in the cab of his tow truck and was 'damned' tired of sleeping with the dog,...Freeman snores.

For a very interesting read follow this link for the Timeline regarding the LaFarge Dam Project which was halted. Photo of the dam...incomplete.
Flooding in this area of Wisconsin is not new. In 1930 a dam was considered to control the flooding down river.
In 1935 after a severe flood, LaFarge and the rest of the Kickapoo Valley suffer huge losses.

The story gets very interesting. I'd like to know your thoughts.
This story was a huge on going debate where ever I went yesterday.

The Kickapoo Valley Reserve and its creation is a hotly debated subject. It has been for years. Many of the original land owners and their decendants are very bitter about having their land 'taken' and then not returned when the dam project failed.

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