June 12th, 2008 - Please Read. Jun 12, 2008 17:26:14 GMT -5
Post by Eliza on Jun 12, 2008 17:26:14 GMT -5
All Members -
Well, it looks as though there is some conflict arising in the area near where I live. I don't know if it's been on the news or not, but the Midwest is currently suffering from terrible floods...
...or at least Iowa is.
Currently there are cities not even twenty minutes from where I live that are going under water. One of the rivers is now expected to rise another five feet by Monday. That river is already high enough that it's spilling out into parking lots and is high enough that most of us expect the bridges to close tomorrow. The river is currently at around 26 feet, I believe... so rising another 5 feet would make it 31.
This is all very... stressful. Traffic backs up, roads are closed, bridges are closed, people are being evacuated as quickly as possible. Two hospitals have shut down due to losing all of their power and are moving their patients where there are already patients from other cities' hospitals.
Also, a large city where I plan to attend a music camp on Sunday was flooded. I don't know if you know the camp - it's called Dorian and it's on the Luther College campus. Currently the dorm where all of the females are to be staying is housing evacuees, and we're not sure if they're going to have enough room to house us. The camp is absolutely massive and tons of students attend - last year the choir alone had 300 students in it and that's not counting those students that went solely for band or symphony.
I was recently informed that part of the lower campus was flooded. That's bad, yes, but the music part of the university is actually higher up so it's not a matter of safety. Truthfully it's a matter of what they're going to do with the evacuees and how the students are going to get there. Most of the roads that lead to that area of the campus are closed off, so regardless of which way you come in it's extremely difficult. At least 40+ kids from my school are attending, we always have a massive turn-out, but none of us have any way to get there because of the roads being closed.
That being said, I may or may not be going to this camp if it's cancelled or not. The camp lasts from June 15th to June 21st (Sunday to Saturday) and I doubt that they'll try to post-pone it. Families schedule their summers around this camp - it's a pretty large thing.
So with that information, that means that for the most part Ames will be taking care of all of you if the camp does pull through. I'm not sure though - they just received more rain and by letting the dam out that's going to worsen their chances of getting everything under control by Sunday. I'll be on late Saturday night or early Sunday morning to post an annoucement as to whether or not I'm actually going or not.
On top of all this - the county I live in issued a tornado watch and a flash flood warning. So we'll see how that goes down, I do believe...