Sunday, September 14, 2008

It's not Ike yet, but it's not pretty, either

Well, we didn't get any hurricane or even tropical storm strength winds, but the Chicagoland area sure got our share of water this weekend, and nature's not quite done yet.

It rained here pretty much non-stop since yesterday afternoon for about 24 hours, with some areas getting as much as 7 inches of rain. While we're finally getting a little break, tomorrow's forecast calls for more rain as the remnants of hurricane Ike make their way into our area. We're told we could get another 3-6 inches and, as you can see from these photos, there's just nowhere for this water to go!

These are photos my husband took as we drove around our neighborhood at about 1:00 p.m. this afternoon. By this time, many roads in our village were impassible, and the rain had not let up yet. A couple of hours later we received a recorded call from the county, letting us know that sandbags were available for pickup at the local 7-11 store.

Since we live on one of the highest points in the whole village, thankfully we didn't need the sandbags, but obviously many of our neighbors were not so lucky. Now we just have to wait and hope that the water recedes overnight before the next storm arrives.

Obviously this is nothing compared to the harrowing experience people in Texas and Louisiana have been going through this weekend, but it just goes to show that nature can strike anywhere and with little or no warning.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Cool pics of horrible stuff. Keep your EP dry!