Last week we receive an unusual amount of rain. The storm system seemed to grow out of central oklahoma and stretch out to Illinois, the whole time, staying directly above us. Friday was the worst day of rain where we received anywhere from 3 to 9 inches of rain. While watching the news we saw several reports of a small creek that had inched its way up and was now several feet higher and in a flood stage. With it only a 15 minute drive away we thought we would take trip and get some photos for our new blog.
We stopped and took some photos along the Arkansas River which was higher than normal, but I have seen it worse. So we continued on to area with the flooded creek from the news. After parking our car in a neighborhood we walked across a nearby bridge to take some pictures of the creek, which by now looked more like the arkansas river.
The flood level for this creek is at 18ft, its normal level is around 8ft. By friday night / saturday morning the water peaked at about 21.5 feet, a little more than 13 feet higher than its normal condition.
After taking some photos of the river from the bridge we headed back to the car since it was starting to sprinkle out again. There was a large city dump truck at the entrance of the neighborhood that had dropped off some sand for the residents of the neighborhood to make sandbags to protect their homes. We got into our car and drove down to the end of the neighborhood (it was a no outlet) just out of curiosity to see how high the water was getting.
After turning the loop and heading back we noticed that the side yard of one of the houses in the front was halfway under water. So we stopped just to see how high the water was getting. We saw two men come out of the garage of that house and grab some sandbags from the back of a truck in their driveway and head to the back of the house. We decided that we would see if we could help and went out and asked them as they came back. We ended up helping finish move all of the sandbags from the truck to the back of the house until there were no more to carry. One of the men lived at the house and the other was a neighbor who had come to help. After we moved all the bags the owner headed off to get some plastic from Lowes, and was going to be gone for a while so we decided to get something to eat. It was about 7 o’clock.
After getting some food we went back to finish helping out, they still had quite a bit of work to protect their house. Their back yard was normally about 50 feet or more until you got to the creek and now it was completely under water. When we got back the water had rose a couple inches more and was still rising. There was another family there now who had also come to help with there two children. We spent the next couple hours working to get the basement entrance and 4 windows protected from the water.
It was a lot of fun to be able to go and help a family who was in need. Later the next week we received a thank you letter from the family, and we hope to return and visit them and get some followup photos of the yard to see what it is normally like. In the card they let us know that they were blessed and ended up not receiving any flood damage to their home, though I am sure their yard is a different story.