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Friday, September 24, 2010

Flooding---- How High's The Water, Mama? NINE feet high and risin

I recall a Johnny Cash song from my childhood....
How high's the water, mama?  
Five feet high and risin

Yes, after many inches of rain in our state of Wisconsin, much of the water from north and west of us flow on by our house... on their way into the Green Bay and Lake Michigan.   Our rive is now almost at flood stage at 8.78,

The web site also states:
At flood stage...widespread flooding occurs in a public campground in the city of Oconto. Water approaches the back yards of several homes along the river in Oconto...and there is widespread lowland flooding

It has gone as high at 14+feet in the past and we have been fine and high and dry, so not really worried.  Our house is build up on high ground, and we are not even located in the 100 year flood plain.

But IF ... and that is a huge IF the dam upriver were to fail, then we would have to get outta here.

Our plan is that if it gets halfway to the house, which is built up very high away from the river, that I pop the grandkid and dogs in the motorhome and take off to higher ground...  who cares about the house.  That is replaceable, we are not.    We have a friend up on higher ground with a large parking lot by his rental storage units to hole up at if we need to. 

The winds are really whipping up now, and the television reports are that because of the over saturated ground, the trees are easily blown over.  A few are down already on our road as Erin came out this morning.  At least the rains stopped, though the river is still flowing from the runoff up in the NW areas of us upriver.

Chelsea and I are singing:

How High's the Water Gramma?   Nine Feet High and Risin.....


  1. Praise God you are okay!!! I will be keeping you guys in our thoughts and prayers!!

    Cindy and Walker

  2. Yep, we were thinking of you living right on the river, good to hear you are safe and have a ways to go yet, we had a heavy storm come through the Fairgrounds last night, but the sun came out after breakfast to maybe it will dry the place up, you know how fairgrounds get after a heavy rain. Where they aprked us we are on gravel so no worrys of being stuck, when your on the grass sometimes they have to pull you out with tractors. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  3. Stay safe Karen. You will...I think you may be the best organized cyber friend I have!!
    Good luck...

  4. I hope you don't have to vacate, but at least you have a comfy house to use.

  5. I hope it doesn't come to that, but it's good to have an evacuation plan. You seem to have it covered.

  6. Very wise of you to have a plan for things like this. I like your attitude as well! Hope you all stay safe and dry!

    -Mike & Heidi
    97 RT 170P "Taj Ma Trek"

  7. Holy Soggy Socks, Batman! It's such a comfort to now you have a getaway vehicle to survive a bad time.

    We're keeping our fingers crossed that the creek don't rise any further.

  8. Of course, if you didn't have a motor home to escape in, you probably could knit one up in a couple of minutes. ;c)

  9. Stay safe. You have a sound plan. My thoughts are with everyone in that area.

  10. Might be a good idea to leave early. Wouldn't want a tree to block the way.

    Be safe.

  11. Oh dear! Karen we will be hoping that you can come into chat tonight, to let us know how you are.
    Happy Trails, Penny, TX

  12. Just getting to blogs tonight so your crisis might be over by now...I don't know. Even so, you will be in my prayers for safety for all of you. Good luck! Let us know ASAP how you all are.


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