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River Broke 10 Days Early



April 24, 2010 – Comments (4)

Once again the war sirens went off.  They sure did scare me the first time they went off as I did not know what they were and, well, they are the same sirens you hear in war movies when bombers are coming in.  This time I knew what they were for so I got dressed as fast as I could and headed to the river hoping to see it break up.  Unfortunately it broke up sometime during the night and there was just the ice overflowing the banks to see.


River full of ice


I did posts two years ago when the river broke,  and I could not help but notice the checkered sign did not make it this year, a berg kind of flattened it.


Sign knocked down


When I got to one of my student's home I could see that the yard had already started to flood.


Calvin's house


And about an hour later the full height of the flooding was reached.


Calvin's house


The water had not yet started to flood a home across the street.


Steve's house


I was standing right in front of the planter box for that picture and when I went back about an hour later I could not get close to where I had been standing.


Steve's lake


The main road in town was flooded and all road access to the homes on the other side of that water can not get out right now as the only other road to that area is also flooded.


The main road


Our walking path is now a river.


Footpath river


This is our baseball diamond field.


Diamond flooded


Here's a tree that river tore from the ground by it roots.




If you look closer you can see the movement of the ice scraped quite a bit of the bark right off the tree, amazing power in the river breaking.




The river usually doesn't break until May sometime, nor does the snow melt.  Everything is really early this year.

4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On April 25, 2010 at 11:38 AM, DarkToast (32.22) wrote:

Nice pictures, thanks for sharing. I chuckled at the little orange triangle on the flooded road.

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#2) On April 25, 2010 at 2:22 PM, dwot (28.95) wrote:

I chuckled when you said that and I looked back...

I went and looked again this morning.  The water did get a bit deeper over night, a bit more of the road is under water.

Main Road

A car got flooded.

Car flooded

Looks like the water reached the floor level where one of my students live.

Calvin's house

Our local pilot's place is ok, the water is still below where the home starts.

Steve's house

My student's dog house is floating away.

Dog house floating

 The river is absolutely full of ice for miles and miles.   Apparently 2-3 miles down the river it is flowing and the ice is moving away.


So, this isn't the river, it another of my student's work.  This community makes beautiful birch bark baskets and the girl who made these is following her family's tradition.  Our local craft store carries 3 generations of her family's baskets.  The design is made from dyed porcupine  quills.

Blair's baskets

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#3) On April 25, 2010 at 7:02 PM, GeneralDemon (26.28) wrote:

Why don't people set their homes above the flood plane? It's only a little bit more lumber. Every year flooded out? A teaching moment for ya Dwot.

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#4) On April 26, 2010 at 1:04 AM, dwot (28.95) wrote:

I am not sure, but I think the one home was raise after the last flood two years ago.  It was ok last year, but this year the flood is somewhat worse then other years.

 Rumors do fly, someone told me tonight there are concerns the flooding will get worse because another river that feeds this mess is breaking, but I have also heard that the river is flowing a couple kilometers down and that it will not take long to clear our ice.

In any even, we now have part of the hamlet surrounded by water and at least for tomorrow school is cancelled as you need a boat or very deep rubbers to get across the water.

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