Yesterday started out like any other day.
I got up, worked out, showered, ate breakfast, dropped the girls off at Summer camp, went to work, came home and changed into my running clothes. Jason and I had planned on running to Regan’s school and running back with her in the jogging stroller after picking Linsey up.
Then the rain started.
It was like a monsoon!
I couldn’t see the road most of the way to get Linsey and driving even remotely close to the speed limit was completely out of the question. By the time we got both girls picked up and got back to our neighborhood we realized that the river Des Peres (which runs right by our house!) was up really high.
We drove around a bit checking it out.
Made the loop around Heman Park.
When we made it back around we realized the river had broken it’s barriers and flooded our entire neighborhood. It was the craziest thing I had ever seen.
We had to back up, drive around to the other side of our neighborhood to come in from the other side and we found our street looking like this…
Yep… That water is at least 25 feet high and spilling all the way over the park, across the street at the bottom of the hill, up our street to the back of Jason’s car. In the end it came up about another foot or so before receding back.
So here’s a couple before and after shots just to show you exactly how things are today compared to the craziness of yesterday.
Remember the intersection near my street that was covered with water?
Well here it is this morning…
We were so lucky yesterday! All that water came so close to our house and it all happened so fast, but our basement was bone dry and we had zero damage. It was scary there for a while, but others weren’t so lucky.
There are a number of our neighbors who lost their cars, had inches of water inside their houses and will have to spend lots of money replacing, repairing and cleaning up everything that was destroyed in the flash flood.
I’ve never seen anything like what I saw yesterday.
I’m sure I’ll see it again. I just hope it’s not for a while.
Have you ever had to deal with Mother Nature in this way?
Were you impacted by yesterday’s floods in St Louis?