“I write today about the past 5 weeks of beautiful white snow and making the environment look so serene and peaceful. Yet despite the dynamic beauty and the 3 feet that accumulated at least in my area turns out to be a disaster. The worst I ever seen here in my life time.
The Pacific Northwest is known for 4 average normal seasons, hardly any extremes in temperature or devastation caused by wind, water or fire. The deep white snow even gave us a “White Christmas”.
Sooner or later or should I say later than sooner the snow melted slowly than it snowed and melted a few more times before the monsoon rains came and a rise in temperature. Perfect formula for massive water running down the mountains. The creeks overflowed and rivers spilling over the flood lines into neighborhoods, natural surroundings, business. Wiping out homes, cars, property. Mudslides and avalanches also wreaked their destruction sloshing down massive mud and trees crashing into homes and destroying roads. Daring rescues were made and people were stranded. I saw one person standing only on a tree stump with nothing but flowing water passing by. A helicopter later saved him.
So My home was spared somewhat without to much harm. My garage and some items inside got water damage. My land looks like it’s ready to slide away. Definitely it feels like quicksand when I walk over it from a water table thats full to the brim. I ‘ve dug trenches and helped the community fill sandbags. Checking on family and friends I spent many hours shoveling and sweeping snow, ice, water and mud away … And it’s raining again now even though the water level’s have dropped … were not out of the woods yet.
I know some of you where ever you may live have had your share of natural disasters in hurricanes, floods, fires, volcanoes, typhoons, landslides, tsunamis.
I am grateful to all that help and spared thier personal resources in times of need. I hope for the best, because I know there is sunshine behind all those gray clouds in the sky