If you’re wondering, yes, I did march in the OutReach Pride parade last weekend. And, yes, I will have a post on it coming very soon. But at this point, I will thank goodness that the parade took place on the warm, pleasant Sunday we had in Madison last weekend, not the wet, stormy Monday that socked us.
For those of you who do not live in Dane County, we were hit with a massive deluge of rain Monday afternoon into Monday evening. How much rain? Judging from the reports I saw, my particular location on Madison’s west side got socked with about 8 inches of rain. That could be an underestimate on my part, considering that locales to the immediate west of Madison got hit much worse, including just under a foot of rain in Middleton and over 15 inches in Cross Plains. It was, according to county emergency management, the all-time Wisconsin record for heaviest rainfall within a 24-hour period.
And with all that rain came quite a bit of flooding. While I managed to make through the heavy rain and streets covered with standing water during my drive home on Monday, many hundreds of other cars stalled out and were left stranded during the storm. My drive to work Tuesday morning was certainly an adventure: Lots of folks had to take the same route I did, all because their normal routes were closed due to flooding.
And in some spots here in Madison and Dane County, there’s still a bit of flooding, even three days after the storm. Madison is a city of lakes, and one of them (Lake Monona) is at a 100-year flood level. And tomorrow (Friday), the forecast calls for more rain, which may lead to more flooding than we need or can handle.
So, you’re wondering, did I make it out of this week’s storm unscathed? Well, for the most part, yes. But it’s not as if I wasn’t affected in any way. On my way home Monday, I had to drive through some standing water that was about to become a couple of badly flooded spots a little later. Thank goodness I got home before they did become flooded spots. Oh, the fun(?) part of it was I didn’t have a jacket or umbrella with me; yeah, I knew there would be some rain in the forecast, but I didn’t expect it to arrive until later, nor did I expect it to drop so much on us (I bet I wasn’t the only one who was caught off guard).
Monday evening at home wasn’t fun either: About a half-hour after I made it home, the power went out. When the power was restored straight up at 9PM, I went down to our apartment building basement, when… well, guess what? The basement floor was covered in a 1/5th-inch coating of water. No, not the Aquafina kind of water, but rather the stinky type of water that comes from the sewer from the drain at the bottom of the basement floor. While the water went back down that drain pretty quickly, not only did it leave behind a stink (pee-yew!), it also seeped into our storage lockers. Luckily I don’t have anything of major value down there aside from some old cardboard boxes I can readily recycle.
While I made it through this storm relatively unscathed, if not having just a metaphoric scratch, there’s a great many others here in Dane County who’ve been inconvenienced, whether it’s a flooded basement or loss of perishable items or just a walking path in the park whose pavement has buckled due to the sunken ground underneath it. (Unfortunately, there has been one death, too.) Hopefully, the rain predicted for tomorrow won’t wreak any more havoc than we already have had this week. Keep thinking good thoughts for us as we continue to dry out and get back to normal.