Sunday, January 3, 2016

Historic Flood in Eureka, Missouri

 
 
 














     
     As I write this on Sunday night, it never crossed my mind a week ago that this blog post would be about an historic flood situation here in the St. Louis area, let alone in our own small town of Eureka. But after raining 10-12 inches in just  a few days, that was the result. Fortunately for us our subdivision sits atop a bluffs area far above any possibility of flooding from the Meramec River, which we can see looking down from the end of our court. But for many the waters, which disappeared as suddenly as they appeared, wreaked havoc in between. 
     Our only hardware store, our local bank, and many businesses and homes were flooded as never before. I suppose that is because of so many larger towns which built large levees since the last devastating flood in 1993, the smaller towns took in the waters that were displaced.
     Even our local post office was flooded, as well as all the neat rows of little postal delivery trucks behind it. We had no delivery for a couple of days, but they are now shuttling our mail for quite a drive from here, and quite heroically at that. No one can hazard a guess about when or where our local office will reopen. The post office was within walking distance from our home, but it may be relocated in the future.
     My friend Becky had to drive through a little water over the road to her house just on the other side of the Meramec bridge on her way home Tuesday night. If she had not left work a couple of hours early she would not have made it there before the floodwaters closed Hwy 109 as well as the road right in front of her driveway. As it was, she was stranded at home for three days, which made her cats very happy.
     I was worried about Sweetface getting home, as he had to work very late that night, as news reports stated that Interstate Highway 44 was going to be flooded over shortly. I was relieved when he made it safely home just two hours before it was closed across all four lanes. Never before had it been flooded for a nine mile stretch between us and the city. All of the other major roads out of Eureka were flooded as well. Those of us who were fortunately situated were able to traverse the winding wooded roads past Six Flags, up through a state park and through a hilly area to dry land in another city. 
     The storm system that hung out here for several long days before moving on towards the east coast was the same one, I later learned, that had destroyed my cousins home where it all began in Garland, Texas earlier in the week. Miraculously, the day after Christmas my cousin had taken her two sons for a special treat to stay at a cabin at a state park, quite possibly saving their lives. Their home was torn to bits by a tornado, while they were safely tucked away in another location altogether.  I am glad they had insurance and their home will be rebuilt for them to return in about six months. It was no doubt a tragic loss, but they are alive and well. For that we are of course very thankful.
     While my friend Becky's house was threatened with water she could see at the end of her driveway and in the empty field next door, her Eureka home was not flooded.  The farm that she and her husband own in St. Clair, along the Bourbeuse River, however was not unscathed. Some of their fields were left covered with inches of river sand, and their pavilion was left with the screens in shreds up to the roof. Their refrigerators were ruined along with many other things, and their huge propane tank floated away. But the main structure is still there to be restored.  
     Early Saturday morning I received a text from my Becky, "I've been voted off Eureka Island!" It's good to be able to laugh after all that. So today we got some girlfriends together and had a party. We celebrated Becky's birthday, which is tomorrow, as well as the fact that we are all still here, safe and sound, and very truly blessed.


14 comments:

  1. Wow! Things have flooded a little here in our area of Oregon, but nothing like that! That's pretty sobering. I'm glad you and your friends and family are safe.

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    1. We are thankful, too, knowing how many have been affected. Thank you, Becky.

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  2. very sorry for your communities loss Linda, I can relate. After Hurricane Katrina blasted our small town we went 3 weeks with no electricity and 2 weeks with no water and it was during the hottest part of the summer for us. Our town was in ruins and it took years to rebuild but it did happen and your will too. Very glad your ok.

    Tony

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    1. Thank you for the kind words. The heat and humidity must have been unimaginable. Here it is rather cold; down to the 20's tonight. I was shivering so much when I took the photos some of my photos are blurry. I cannot imagine what you went through. If you can do it, Eureka can too! :-)

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  3. We have been hearing and reading about the floods in Missouri. Until I received your blog this morning I didn't know that I knew anyone affected by these floods. Glad you and your friends are OK.
    I had my house wiped out by hurricane Charley back in 04 so I know how awful it is to affected by a natural disaster. Like your friends we had insurance and we rebuilt still no fun to go through. Take care.

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    1. How awful to lose your home. Even if you get a nice rebuilt home out of it I know it is not worth the stress and grief. So happy you survived all of that!

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  4. I was thinking of you, Linda. So happy to hear all is well with you. We are in central Illinois, and although not nearly as widespread as St. Louis, we have several small river towns that suffered extensive damage. Thankfully, other than some unwanted water in the basement, my family and I are all good.

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    1. Thank you, Kimberly. We are only feeling a bit guilty for being so unscathed; not even a wet basement up here on our high hill. We hope to be able to help out someone around here; several people from our church were flooded. Say a prayer for the folks--that is worth a lot.

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  5. I didn't realize how badly Eureka was flooded. So glad your house is safe from flooding.

    -H.A.Z.

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    1. On the news last night they said that Eureka was the most affected town in the St. Louis area.

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  6. Incredible - we watched this on the news and were so sad for those in its wake - the business's and homes that were damaged by all that water and how horrible to be put out of your home and not know what you were going to go back to.
    Glad you were up high and safe.

    Blessings and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR.
    Karen

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    1. Thank you, Karen. I hope you are feeling better.

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  7. Happy New Year Linda. Wow, I don't watch much TV or listen to the radio and didn't know about this flooding until today. My hearts are with all those people who have been affected by the flooding. Glad you and your friends were safe. Sorry to hear about your cousin..thank God they were safe! What a crazy start to the new year!

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    1. Thanks, Margaret. Yes, things can only get better with a new year's start like that! Linda

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