Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Atlanta Flooding

Absolute craziness. I'm sure if any of you have been paying attention to the news, you've seen the flooding that's in and around Atlanta. It took me TWO HOURS to get home from work yesterday. It normally takes me 20 minutes, as my house and office are only about five miles apart. Here's what I saw yesterday.

You should click in to that to make it bigger. I normally drive on that street. To the left is Peachtree Creek. The road straight ahead where you can see the traffic light is Northside Drive and there is a small bridge (see next picture) that goes over the creek. That is the bridge I spoke of yesterday. Normally, the creek is a good 8-10 feet under the bridge.

Here's what I saw today.

Those barricades are keeping people from driving over the bridge until they can make sure it's stable. I drove down the once flooded street above to take this picture, and I was paying so much attention to seeing if the road was open, I forgot to look at the houses along the street to see what kind of condition they were in.


This is all mud washed up from the creek... look at that fence. This was on a street that ran perpendicular to the creek and there was another street that runs parallel with the creek all that water had to rise over to get to this house.

You can see the water line on this house. I think this was four houses on the same street as the picture above. I absolutely cannot believe the water rose all the way up here, but I don't know how else to explain that line.

You can see the creek behind those trees and all the muck it left when the water receded.

I am thankful that we did not have any trees down, and our house is dry and has electricity. I knew it would be really hard for our house to be flooded, but we do have a creek that runs UNDER our property. Weird. It runs in a pipe under our property and our neighbors', but opens up to a creek a few houses down. So, who knows if that pipe could burst, but that would be very unfortunate for us. The thing is, a lot of these people probably did not have flood insurance, because many of the places that flooded are not in the 100-year flood zone. Hopefully things can dry out before it pours again!

3 comments:

Trac~ said...

WOW - those pictures are amazing! Glad you and the hubby are okay and were able to stay dry and have no flood damage. Hugs! :o)

Hannah D. said...

WOW, glad you're doing alright but I have to admit, I feel pretty bad that a 5 mile drive usually takes you 20 minutes!! Crazy!!

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

Glad you are safe and your house is all right. My heart just goes out to all the people that have lost love ones and their home to this flood.