Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Hey, Look! They’re Back!

Sort of. The river has given them back! The Mississippi is receding – and quite quickly I might add.

On the way home last night, I noticed that William Clark was making a triumphant return from the muddy depths. All I could see of him then was just about to his waist. And Lewis? All that was to be seen of him was barely the top of his hat! And the poor dog? Gone.

That was just last night, so you can see how much water left between 5:30 p.m. yesterday and about 11:30 a.m. today. It was fun to be able to catch a glimpse of them again as I walked down.

It’s hard to believe that it was just Thursday that the river looked like this. Lewis and Clark were nowhere to be found.
Well, it’s clearly a whole ‘nother story today. Not only could I walk all the way down Washington (and right past that previously submerged stop sign), I could cross Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd.! But, the fact that the statue is still submerged is an indication that the river remains high. Ideally, you can walk right up to it. (Probably still not a good idea to try that today.)
There was a British couple visiting the riverfront and we chatted briefly. They both shook their heads when I told them how high the water was just the other day. They looked at me in disbelief when I told them it had been just about the same way a few months ago.
I just hope this is it for the year!