The rains started last night and we knew flooding would follow.
It it going to be a record flood for us, parts of the closest real town
will be underwater before it is over and if the situation is the same
as in 2008, we'll be blocked on the other side too. The house will be fine,
we're on a ridge top but the roads around us will be under.
And here we have our granddaughter, Taylor, with us
and the power is blinking
and we have a well.
No Power, No water, No toilets!!!
Except, I filled up the deep claw foot tub with water to flush with
and we have a couple of large water coolers (construction site size)
for drinking. We ran to the gas station during a lull and got fuel
for the generator and milk and the required beer for the hubby!
The county road was just about to go under when we were out,
one lane flooded in some places, both lanes but shallow in others.
When my husband went down to check out situation later, it
was under. The next county road borders a creek and it
was under too. There is a low water bridge there that we
use to judge how much rain we have had. You always turn
your head to look, even on nice days.
Our neighbor's place- down on the county road.
There is a deep culvert here with huge pipes.
They lost the drive last year, as did the neighbor to their
right. This one is holding although under water now but the
other drive is lost again. They may be able to go across
the grass and use this drive once the water recedes,
as long as this holds too. The heaviest rain is yet to arrive and
won't stop until Monday night.
The ground was already saturated before the rains .
This is the driveway across from our road,
they have a creek that goes through their place
and it's normally shallow but way over its banks now.
This is their creek today.
This is the run of from the small lake/pond along
the county road. Our lake will likely go over the spillway which will put
even more water down the road. There are some people
that will be building just below the dam (something
I would not do). They have a metal shed down actually below the dam.
They seem to be staying in it, not sure if all the time
or just from time to time; however,
I would not want to be in it with this water so high.
When the previous owners lived there water took out
that area and the driveway. The house, which was higher
up the hillside burned down
(when he set it on fire after trying to shoot his wife!!)
Yeah, glad they are not there anymore.
This is their place. The water rose a lot.
My husband said it went down but with
the heaviest rain the next two days, it
will get right back up again.
This is the water coming down our
culvert onto the main road, really
coming down fast.
We will be fine up here but we keep losing power
for short periods of time. I have flash lights ready
plus an Energizer flash light that plugs into the wall
and turns on like a night light if the power goes out.
The light will stay on for a good bit of time so you are
able to navigate. It is always plugged in so always charged.
I hope we can get Taylor to her mom tomorrow, it's not fun
for her to be trapped here if we lose power, especially on
winter break when she could be having some fun with her mom.
Warning from the City of Pacific Police Dept.
Pacific Residents and those living around the Meramec River. With the latest expected rainfall totals we are projected to see the Meramec River rise above flood levels that could affect the southeast corner of town like in 2008. If you or someone you know live near the Meramec River within the southeast corner of town please use caution and keep watch of the river at all times. Last time we reached these levels 20-30 homes were affected, some of those were bought out by FEMA and have been torn down, some of them were raised to stay dry at this level. Just exercise caution as flood waters can rise quickly. We are expected to crest on Dec 30th at 6 pm we will see roads (Hwy N, Hwy F/O, Denton, Jefferson and possibly Rt 66 near east end plaza) close temporarily until the water recedes.The water is supposed to recede between Dec
31st and Jan 1st. DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOOD WATER! Stay tuned to your local news stations for any further developments and we will keep you updated via social media.