Tuesday, May 16, 2006

More flooding

[I've eaten at this Friendly's]
I know we're all still waterlogged from a year that featured KatRita, the Indian Ocean Tsunami, and even mudslides in SoCal, but yet another flood is ravaging our country, this time in New England. Diana's sister and her family, along with my cousins and many friends, live near the center of the floodwaters in Methuen, Haverhill, and Melrose, Massachusetts. Matt just completed a Chain Reaction weekend in Lowell, and is returning for a fourth year to Haverhill and Lowell for a week-long project this summer. My sister-in-law forwarded these pics which show the "gushing madness" everywhere. Please pray for them.

5 Comments:

At 5/16/2006 04:20:00 PM, Blogger deanna said...

My girls were horrified at that picture, Jeremy! Friendly's is their absolute favorite place to eat!! What a mess!!

 
At 5/16/2006 06:36:00 PM, Anonymous mk said...

J, we're right in the middle of this in Melrose... pump is clearing out one corner of the basement, but we've been vacuuming the other 24/7 for a couple of nights. Could have been much worse. Wondering how Di's sister is surviving in Lawrence.

 
At 5/17/2006 12:08:00 AM, Blogger Jeremy Del Rio said...

Glad to hear you're holding up.

Tara and the kids have managed ok, but they're right in the middle of everything.

 
At 5/17/2006 09:53:00 PM, Anonymous tara said...

pics are crazy. got used to seeing wild pics on TV from florida and louisiana and all the hurricane places. but when its your own town..your own backyard its scary. THANK GOD no one was killed as far as i know. wasn't even close to new orleans/katrina disaster but still a wild ride. today its beautiful here..over 70 degrees and sunny. baseball fields are still drencjed and streets are flooded abut its getting better. the dams look a little better and the rivers have gotten lower. i have a few pics to send when i can upload them onto the computer. the kids and two of their friends and myself went out today and looked at a lot of places and its better but still such a phenomenon. i'll send them as soon as i can. wil took some of them of his baseball field and his dads job. i took a few of the dam in lawrence in the merrimack river.

 
At 5/24/2006 11:51:00 PM, Anonymous Tara said...

well it wasn't till last night that i heard a few people did actually die. a man (idiot) ignored a road closed sign and drowned in the ipswich river ...not sure where exactlly that is...somewhere in mass..like 30 min from here. AND theres another guy still missing nearby and they just found his jeep near a river. scary! it is actually pretty bad here. schools closed all week and national guard is still all over methuen. power outages still in lawrence and they made a curfew last night because of blackout conditions and concern about looting. last night was the first night of that and a guy got shot like 10 min from here. and these idiots still act like NY is the scary palce?!?!? retaaaaahds were prob more upset if the saaaawx lose a game than if their stupid houses flood. and its WAY more tragica the yankees win than if a dam breaks. maniacs!!! as of now the dams are holding up..the big dam by the merrimack seems good but its a lil bit alarming that the national guard is surrounding the spicket dam in methuen. so i dont really know how comprimised that dam is or if it is but something is up if they are still lingering. schools in methuen didn't sustain any real damage or flooding and yet they are still closed all week. they will not bus kids because of the street closures and risk of that but i think cause the spicket dam breaking would be a very serious thing...wiping out MANY hom,es and businesses in lawrence and methuen. we are actually very close to that dam too. not walking distance but the way that river is raging, i think its a threat to all of methuen and a large part of lawrence. but, thank god, as of now things are shaping up. my father in law said that some schools susatined such flood damage that they probably wouldn't be able to open till September but by some crazy miracle and lots of hard work, the schools are in order for monday! amazing. so anyway, its getting better around here. hopefully no more saaawx fans have these brilliant ideas of ignoring "ROAD CLOSED" signs just cause they drive 4x4's or pick ups...duh...rivers are a lil bit stronger...gotta expect that from BOSTON fans...not too bright..dreamers...they "STILL BELIEVE"!!! lol..just like in their team.

 

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