Jul 31, 2006

We Are Having A Flood Here!

I am almost through talking about the weather. It is not raining today, so our weather will return to mostly clear and definitely hot. Yesterday was another matter. I work on the banks of the mighty Rillito River. You say you never heard of the mighty Rillito? Well, that could be because it normally doesn't have any water flowing in it, so Rogers and Hammerstein never felt the urge to immortalize it in song. They should have been here yesterday. The top picture is the river as it appears 364 days a year. The bottom shot is yesterday. Our fair city was deluged and things got messy for a while. Roads got closed, bridges were shut down and the local news people rushed about looking for a place to film themselves explaining the obvious. At the peak of the flow the river was running at 30,000 cubic feet of water per second. That's 224,400 gallons passing a given point per second. As one guy in my building pointed out, "That is a sh*tload of water. It is also a record flow for the Rillito. "Old man river, that old man river, it keeps on rollin'..." Anyway the sun is shining and I have to go to work. Yuk. Merle Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong and sometimes just full of it. Tag:

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