a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Monday, April 28, 2014

Chaos Rains

and chaos reigns.

We were the lucky ones.  Seven total inches of rain with hail and wind.  The garden was under water. Water gates moved down the creek along with a few flower pots from Marcy's yard but we were all safe. Erosion was our worst problem.  The waters receded almost as quickly as it rose.  We are on high ground.  If it had been daylight I would've been rubber booting.

Vilonia and Mayflower Arkansas were not so lucky.  Several states had tornadoes last night.  The season has begun.
Driving out this morning the water had receded along with our road
This was part of our road.
Ponds were over flowing.
There were ponds where no ponds had gone before.
Where was I going? you ask...
Toni helped haul two loads from his storage to go into the family shop to sell.  Soon, we hope, someone will love his old stuff and take it home with them...and then he can get more stuff!

Stopped at the traffic light on Norfork Dam Toni got out to check on me and my full pickup.  The load in the truck was riding very well.

We had followed a semi-truck out of Mountain Home.  He was driving so slow traffic was backed up for a ways.  We had just passed the Dam Bait Shop (I'm not swearing.  That is the name!  I would like to answer their phone, "This is the Dam Bait Shop.  What the hell do you want?").  We were headed up the Dam hill and I knew that truck could not pull it.  Slowing down it stopped completely.  I thought student driver but it was certainly someone who did not know what he/she was doing.  The truck stalled.  We have traffic backed up as far as I can see.  The truck's back up lights came on!!!  I look behind me.  Toni is right there. I can't back up and the truck keeps rolling backwards!

I look up the Dam hill (I enjoy saying that entirely too much) and there is no oncoming traffic.  I cut the wheels sharply and shot out into the opposite lane and flew around the truck.  The whole line followed me. As far as I know the truck may still be there.

We reached the shop safely and unloaded Toni's stuff.  We were good packers.  Every nook and cranny in both vehicles was packed to the gills.
Driving home I noticed the skies were clear and the neighbors cattle were celebrating with new green grass. I wonder what I will do tomorrow?

17 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

ooh, love that last view. yikes on the semi truck! and praying for all those folks...

Dreaming said...

That was a close one with the truck... and good for you with your fast thinking! (A friend of mine had a similar situation but the outcome was not so good)

Kathryn said...

That had to be scary seeing the truck coming back at you, glad you were able to get around it. Water can wreak so much havoc. Stay safe.

Linda Wildenstein said...

Quick thinking on your part. Gosh I'm glad you're such a good driver. And I am so, so glad that you were safe during the storms.

Ginny said...

What a scary story. First about the bad weather and flooding, then the truck! Glad everything is coming back to normal. Now we will be getting the floods this week, rain all week. We had to turn back from a trip today.

LindaG said...

Yup. Good thinking. Glad you're all safe.

Never realized how noisy cows were until we retired down here.

Hope your blessings continue, as they claim the weather will this week.

A Quiet Corner said...

Driving rain is one thing I do not like to drive in...I take the Wrangler which loves climbing hills!!!...:)JP

Sandra said...

Dam this is funny! I read it out loud to Bob and he is laughing as he walks out the door and he said I am going to the park to meet that dam Bob Free... he can't stand the man..
this is just to funny.. good thing you were first in line behind the semi.... hope the weather stays good for you today... i think what you will do today is clean up the damn mess made by the flood... right?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

He started backing up? That is just crazy! The accident he would've caused if you hadn't moved...
Tornadoes have killed a lot of people the past two days.

Lynne said...

You got gusto girl and a good head on those shoulders. Oh my goodness . . . RAIN galore . . . enjoy the green.
Please be safe . . .

Sandy said...

Gail,

Beautiful pictures even with the damaged road. Good fast thinking on your part with getting around the tractor trailer. Obviously the person driving that truck couldn't drive.
Don't work to hard today :-)

Susan Kane said...

For a few hours, all hell breaks loose, and then it is all over and the sky is blue. Glad you are safe.

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

'Been thinkin' of ya doll. I saw the warnings in your neck of the woods Sunday and said a little prayer for ya.

Locally Ava got hit pretty hard but nothin' like northern Ark.

Ya'll take care, that flood water can be a booger! We're still tryin' to recover from the MO. flood last year. The Ponderosa went under. Heck...you may have some of our fencin'! Heeehehe!

God bless and enjoy this beautiful day sweetie! :o)

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Bill was there when the tornado hit outside Little Rock. He was in the Oklahoma one last year. I worry.
I am glad you are all okay, too.

Sue said...

Love your phone-answering idea for the dam bait shop.

=)

Irene said...

You sure tell a damn good story, you sure as hell do. I would open a cafe called, The Damned Good Cafe, just to answer the phone that way. Will you come and work for me?

DesertHen said...

I was wondering how you had faired through the storms. Glad to know all is well in your neck of the woods, if not a little wet!

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