My newest column at PJ Media is up and in it, I use my harrowing experience with last week’s flood as a parable to highlight the need for disaster preparedness for you and your family.
Crystal Creek, a normally quiet little burn that meanders through our property just before emptying into the Fox River less than a hundred yards from our front door, was looking more like the Colorado River rapids than the lazy stream Sue and I would fish on during relaxed summer weekends. And as the river downstream from our creek rose, the water began to back up. First, it flooded the brand new Cornish Park across the street from our little house. And then slowly, ominously, the brown torrent began to slide over the brand new retaining wall put in by the Army Corps of Engineers just last fall and inch its way up our newly sculpted back yard. The Corps had landscaped the yard so that there was a much more pronounced hill in front of the house which was supposed to protect us from all but the worst case flooding scenarios.
By 5:00 PM on Friday, the worst case was upon us. Nearly 14 inches of rain had fallen in August with almost 4 inches in just the last 48 hours. Now, with another conga line of thunderstorms forming to the west with even more soaking rain behind that, Sue and I feared the worst. Glued to The Weather Channel, watching helplessly as the storms raced toward us, we knew that it was only a matter of time before we had to leave.
Sure enough, at 5:45, a knock at the door. It was the police telling us it was time to go. We had until 2:00 AM to pack up whatever we could and leave.