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Four Kitties
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Ten days ago we up here in New England had severe wildfire warnings, so we were grateful last Tuesday when it started to rain.

Perhaps we should have specified....

It's been raining ever since. I've had nine inches of rain in my backyard in the last 36 hours alone.

I'm told that the flooding in Melrose, Massachusetts has been on the national news; well, I just came from there -- that's where I grew up, I was at my brother's house for a Mother's Day dinner. My mother's basement, which has been damp twice in 36 years, is now flooded. It took me half an hour to get home, because I was detoured three times for closed/flooded roads.

Here's my local forecast: grumble. Continued rain through Tuesday. Flood waters to continue to rise for two-three days after that.

My seedlings have all drowned. All my shoes are soaked. I don't own a raincoat.

On the upside, the pollen count is way down and I don't have to wash my car.

Any other soaked New Englan-duhs out there?

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Up toward my way, there's been some serious flooding in York County. My area (Cumberland County, including greater Portland) seems to have fared better, though the stream that runs by my house is pretty swollen, and some low, wooded areas around it are flooded, but not the worst it's ever been. The house is only 75 linear feet or so from the stream bank, but I think we're elevated high enough on a knoll to avoid any serious threat.

There's been a let-up in the rain today. If not for that, we might have more serious issues with flooding right now. The rest of the week looks iffy, though, especially if it continues right through next weekend if the current forecast holds.

Ditto on the tree pollen!

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Please, please, send it here to NJ. I am dying for it to rain here and make the pollen counts go down. It was supposed to rain pretty much all weekend and it didn't. [Frown]

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I just left 104 degree "dry heat." The rain was a really welcome change. Besides that, the rain is keeping me from the yardwork that I desperately need to do this week. I can't say I am really complaining though...lol.

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Four Kitties, I was watching the news a little while ago and thought of you when I saw the report. What a mess for your mother. Sorry to hear that. Good luck, and I hope it doesn't get any worse for you and others.

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Four Kitties
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I should have said: my mother's basement is 8 feet above street level, the house is built into the side of a hill. [Eek!]

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quote:
Originally posted by Zorro:
Please, please, send it here to NJ. I am dying for it to rain here and make the pollen counts go down. It was supposed to rain pretty much all weekend and it didn't. [Frown]

No send it down this way we have a ongoing drought
here in the east coast of australia (the last 4-5 years) and dam levels are @ 18% (the central coast) Express Advocate the gosford local paper
and 43% in sydney
see the chart down the page to see the decline in water

rain rain come to stay please

edit for spelling and to ad cite for Central coast dam levels

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We went to Durham today to see John Anderson in concert. I took a few pics along route 202 from Concord to Durham (not to bad for being taken from a moving car). The last few are of the river in Boscawen and a local farm's field that sits between them and the river. The field is completely covered. The very last pic shows where the water is running through the pipe under our driveway. It usually only looks like that durring the spring thaw.

Flooding in NH

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WE had almost 600ml of rain a few weeks ago according to my mum. I was away, but my family was put on evacuation warning and everything. It still hasn't really stopped raining here since the first cyclone went through, we h=get some days that are just cloudy, but still alot of rain.

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quote:
Originally posted by ange84:
WE had almost 600ml of rain a few weeks ago according to my mum. I was away, but my family was put on evacuation warning and everything. It still hasn't really stopped raining here since the first cyclone went through, we h=get some days that are just cloudy, but still alot of rain.

ange84 are you a bannana bender (from Queensland for you non Australians)
we could do with you sending a bit of your rain this way we had some rain today only 2.4 mm tho

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Yes i am a banana bender, although we don't have many to bend after Larry came for a visit. All the rain that came with that 600ml was from his sister Monica. I'll gladly send some rain down to you, just let us know how much and i'll see what i can do. Do you need water as well, most of our dams up here are full too.

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We don't have flooding, yet, but we're saturated. My friend in Boston told me two days ago that you all had flood warnings then. I haven't seen her online since then, I can only assume she's pumping water out of various parts of her house.

Stay dry. I'll send the sun as soon as we find it out here.

edited because its early and I'm an idiot.

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*Does a wild dance involving waving hands*

Send the rain here! We need it! In exchange, I am willing to trade you a 100 degree day. Or two. Or six.

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I hope the weather changes for you soon, Four Kitties. I don't know why it always has to be all or nothing!

Georgia seems to have had several unusually wet years recently after some really bad drought. Right now it's raining every other day, probably because I'm itching to finish work on my frog ponds, and each time I get them drained the rain comes again!

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Since last week there's been rain in the forecast here for about a week straight. So for all those days, everyone I know planned on doing inside activities or staying in bed.
Today, when it's time to go back to work, it finally came.
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Four Kitties, we drove through Melrose Sunday morning. Ell Pond (across from Caruso's) had risen to past the asphalt path all the way to the benches. I wonder if it's reached the Gazebo yet. I was also told (by a resident) that there are State Police officers on Skidoos and amphibeous vehicles in Melrose. Route One was horribly flooded (I believe it's closed down now.) At the lake in New Hampshire where my father lives, people's docks are either under water or floating away (some with boats still tied to them!) And school's been cancelled, so Mr. Greywolf and the Wolfcub have an extra day off.

On the bright side, we were able to go out for a nice Mother's Day/birthday lunch due to some cancellations because of the weather.

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A visitor to Kerry, on seeing 5 days of non-stop light rain(drizzle)asks a local if its normally like this. Local replies "I dunno, I've only lived around here for 12 years".

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Route 1 is closed from the 129 underpass in Lynnfield all the way to Walnut Street.

Ell Pond (hey, I helped build that gazebo! [Smile] ) has completely overflowed the practice fields across from the high school. The City Hall/Memorial Hall parking lot is a lake. Large parts of Wyoming Cemetery are also under water (including the part where my father is). Melrose schools are closed, but Malden is open. I didn't have trouble getting the Kitten to school this morning, but the traffic is awful because of so many road closures/detours.

I'm about 100 yards from the Malden River, which thus far has stayed within its banks. The Merrimac went over last night, though; when CatNip visited his mother yesterday, he said the Neponset looked awfully high. News reports say the rivers won't crest until tomorrow. Downtown Peabody is under several feet of water.

I got another 3 inches of rain overnight, and 3-5 more is predicted through tomorrow.

Perhaps I should start gathering two of every animal....

Four Kitties

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quote:
Originally posted by Four Kitties:

Perhaps I should start gathering two of every animal....

Four Kitties

At least you have the cats part covered.
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Hi, just wanted to sympathize from Somerville...on the upside, my $10 rain boots from Target have paid for themselves over the past week [Big Grin]

I took the commuter rail to work today (usually drive) after seeing the footage from Peabody and Melrose...I'm thinking about putting those puffy arm floater things on my cats in case the house fills with water!!

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Lgreywolf, which lake? My Dad says the pond behind the house is merged with the back yard. Surprisingly, its not in their basement yet. Hubby tried to go to work this morning only to be told that work was closed. The oil and propane tanks had broken free when the river behind the shop crested. The fire department secured them but we don't know if they will be reconnected (or the water goes down) in time for tomorrow.

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4K,

The Quincy Choral Society performed Elijah last night and our conductor joked to the audience that the rain was the result of our diligent rehearsing.

dew"He laveth the thirsty land"ey

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Sounds surprisingly like the UK at the moment. Wales is flooded in quite a few areas and down in SE England (couple hundred miles away) there's a drought warning on.
What is it with this kingdom's water companies anyway? It pours down straight through Autumn, Winter and Spring, the sun shines briefly in Summer and we get a hosepipe ban because no one expected the good weather. [Razz]

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Tribrats, my dad lives on Pawtuckaway Lake, in the area of the state park; and if he's reading this my cover is blown! (Hi Dad!)


4K, I'm suprised they only closed Route 1 from Lynnfield to Walnut Street. We passed by Roller World and Papa Gino's (just south of Walnut St.) and the water looked at least mid-calf height, plus the left lane was completely closed.

Mr. Greywolf now tells me that several apartment buildings in Melrose had to be evacuated, and they're using some schools as temporary shelters. So who knows when the schools will reopen.

We have friends in Peabody too, and haven't been able to get in touch with them. They're probably fine, maybe phone lines are down. Since all of downtown Peabody is underwater maybe the phone switching station is flooded too.

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Thats near where we were last night. Yeah, they were/are getting hid hard. My Dad is in Milford and they are getting pretty wet too.

momto4+, if you happen to peek in, how is the Sou doing down there?

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Four Kitties, I heard on the news that all the water has overloaded the sewer systems and sewage is backing up into people's houses, even if they aren't yet flooded. How is your mother faring? The news is frightening, even for those of us who aren't nearby. I hope everyone is okay. At least, we know those who are posting still are at home and have electricity. Hope you folks in New Hampshire get by without that dam's breaking. Love and best wishes to all of you.

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I'm crabby about this rain too, although we're not flooding on the island like Massachusetts is. I had worked hard to get my garden done last week, got all the seeds sewn, and then nonstop rain for over a nfbskin' week. My aspargus, at first under several inches of water, is now all exposed. The section for my peas is also under several inches of water. Heaven knows how the rest of the garden will fare, if at all.

Our yard is now all swampy. Not one peice of solid ground at all. All an inch under water, mostly mud. And I get to try to not kill myself in it several times I day when I take Her Majesty (A.K.A. Rory the Wonder Dog) out for walkies. Like Four Kitties, I also have no raincoat and my "Bummy sneakers" and falling apart from the water. They never dry. And when I take them off, I get black glue from them all over my socks or bare feet. I hate this crap!

Yesterday, I go in my room and find the rain has flooded up my windowsill and is pouring a lovely little stream under my bed to my door, to make a little lake. Thank goodness I keep the extention plug strip on a box, or there could have been a nfbskin' electrical fire on my hands. (The only reason the rain was coming in was a terrible job done to our roof and gutters, and if I ever find that idiot, I am gutting him like a fish.)

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quote:
Originally posted by dfresh:
quote:
Originally posted by Four Kitties:

Perhaps I should start gathering two of every animal....

At least you have the cats part covered.
All spayed or neutered, alas.
quote:
Originally posted by Anneke Shea:
Hi, just wanted to sympathize from Somerville...on the upside, my $10 rain boots from Target have paid for themselves over the past week [Big Grin]

I saw those two weeks ago, and I'm kicking myself for not getting them.
quote:
Originally posted by dewey:
The Quincy Choral Society performed Elijah last night and our conductor joked to the audience that the rain was the result of our diligent rehearsing.

dew"He laveth the thirsty land"ey

Okay, now I know who to blame! [Wink]
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Originally posted by Lgreywolf:
4K, I'm suprised they only closed Route 1 from Lynnfield to Walnut Street. We passed by Roller World and Papa Gino's (just south of Walnut St.) and the water looked at least mid-calf height, plus the left lane was completely closed.

Wouldn't surprise me a bit, I just remembered 129 to Walnut Street. DemonWolf is in Saugus -- I wonder how he's doing?
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How is your mother faring?

She's doing well, thanks for asking. She's keeping ahead of it with her ShopVac.

Thanks for all your commiseration, kind words, and dry thoughts! [Wink]

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Well, we're still here but we have a small brook running under the house that is worrying us (we have a mobile home sitting on a dirt pad). The water is running right against one of the support blocks. We are just hoping it doesn't undermine it. We've had water run under but never this bad. Looks like we will have to pull the skirting up when/if the sun comes out. Won't be good to have that much water setting under the house.

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So, let's see. We began getting water in our basement Saturday morning - no big deal, since we have a sump pump. We went out to dinner Saturday night, and five or so hours later, our basement had a foot of water. For some reason the pump stopped working, but then miraculously began to work after we saw the damage. Luckily, nothing major was destroyed, except for a pair of my snow boots. The water came up four inches above the base of our washer (it's a front loader) and now it's not working properly. I'm hoping that the components just need to dry out.

In other news, my wife's work was closed down this morning and will probably be closed tomorrow, as the Merrimack is expected to crest tonight. This is worrisome, considering it's at the bottom of our street, although about a quarter mile away.

Oh, and they're thinking about shutting off the water for the city of Lowell.

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Oh, and they're thinking about shutting off the water for the city of Lowell.

That may be because some sewer lines broke upstream when the roads they were under got washed away -- I saw on the news last night that there was raw sewage going in to the Merrimac and, IIRC, that's where Lowell gets its water from.

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4K, are they having school down there tomorrow?

They canceled for tomorrow again. We have only a few roads connecting this town and the next town over. They are either washed out or flooded. No way to get some of the kids to school without adding an hour to their drive.

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4K, are they having school down there tomorrow?

They canceled for tomorrow again. We have only a few roads connecting this town and the next town over. They are either washed out or flooded. No way to get some of the kids to school without adding an hour to their drive.

School in Melrose is cancelled at least. There's raw sewage in the streets there too. Lots of sewers backed up.

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Malden wasn't cancelled today, so I'm pretty sure it won't be cancelled tomorrow, but I haven't seen the news yet this evening.

If tomorrow is like today, the only trouble I'll have is with traffic on Main Street being really heavy since all the Lebanon St. and Fellsway traffic is detoured.

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Okay, if the past weather conditions are any clue- y'all should be getting some sun soon. I woke up this morning (its still dark) and the sky was as clear as a bell, tons of stars, the moon bright. It seems that when we have weather, my friend in Boston tells me they get it a day or two later. *crosses sunny, dry fingers*

Hopefully the clear sky trend will continue and send some out your way. We're still saturated, but we're not flooding yet.

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