Feb 8, 2008

Floodwaters Recede in Northwest Ohio

Left: Aubadon Island, or at least what can still be seen of the land mass

(Maumee, OH) To your left is the mighty Maumee River, which reached the flood stage at a number of communities on its banks. Much of Aubadon Island, the largest island in the river, remained submerged today when I was driving along River Road in Maumee.

Towns like Grand Rapids were especially hard hit by the flooding, whch was caused by heavy rains and melting snow earlier in the week. Much of Northwest Ohio falls within the region once known as the Great Black Swamp an area approximately 120 miles long and as many as 40 miles wide.

I spoke with a resident of Sylvania whose sump pump stopped working when snow brought down powerlines in his neighborhood. He borrowed a neighbor's antiquated portable generator to get the pump going again, and said that the noise from the two motors made sleep impossible last night.

Left: High water sign on Toledo's Violet Road

Even for folks who live some distance from flood-prone zones, and who are less inclined to shop for home insurance quotes that offer flood coverage, high water posed hazards on local roadways. There were quite a few underpasses in the area that were unpassable, and the pictured intersection in my neighborhood has been under water for five days.

Yet these have been far from historic floods, and residents of the former Swamp grow accustomed to the unpredictable water levels. The saturated ground on my property now looks like a series of small ponds, though I have been fortunate in my thirteen years in this house to have avoided a flooded basement.

Except, of course, the time a water hose blew on my washing machine, but that is another story.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am AMAZED that no one posted a comment to blame Mayor Carty for this. AMAZING!