Our news here in the US is filled with coverage of the historic floods in the Plains and Midwest. Floodwaters have breached levees and overflowed banks, causing flooding for several miles on either side of multiple rivers. Many roads and bridges have been washed out. Much of the affected land is farmland and many farmers have lost livestock and crops, as well as equipment and buildings.
I live near the Susquehanna River near the NY/PA border. We are lucky this year that we haven’t had much snow, so we will probably be spared the spring snowmelt plus storm flooding. However, we are not immune to floods, having suffered two record floods in recent years. With the changes in weather patterns brought about by our changing climate, we will certainly have another record flood or very severe flood in the future. We just don’t know when.
For many years, we have carried flood insurance on our home. We are not immediately near the Susquehanna, but live near a creek that feeds into it. There is a floodwall behind our house because when the Susquehanna floods, the water back up into the creek. In the 2011 flood, the water came within inches of overtopping the flood wall.
We are lucky that we have never had to collect on our flood insurance. If the worst happens, we may have to either sell out our property or raise our home above flood level.
I’m hoping it won’t come to that, but only time – and storms – will tell.
Linda’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday this week is to write about the subject of the last piece of (physical) mail we received. In my case, it was our flood insurance bill. To find out how to join in the fun, visit Linda’s site here: https://lindaghill.com/2019/03/22/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-march-23-19/
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When I clicked like, it was because I appreciate your conscientious and intelligent writing about issues that matter in the world in addition to your personal posts. It’s scary not knowing when a flood might come. I hope you and your family remain safe.
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And you and yours, JoAnna! I know your region is at risk from hurricanes. While we are far inland, one of our recent floods was caused by a tropical storm. Not huge winds like hurricanes, but a lot of rain on ground that was already soaked from the remnants of hurricane Irene.
It’s hard when you don’t have any warning. We are thankful to know when a hurricane is coming, but the severity can be a surprise. I hope we both stay safe.
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