With the serious local flooding, our news stations are reminding everyone to have their "kits" ready. Flashlights, batteries, water, food, etc. I think it's awesome that they're using their air time to help remind people to be prepared. There are some things that most people just aren't prepared for. I talked to a family member that's been flooded out of her house. Her description of the rising waters, and the speed that it happened brought goosebumps. "The fire hydrant at the corner went from dry to completely covered in fifteen minutes." When she evacuated, the waters were 6" from her back door, 15" from the front. She gathered her mom, dogs and a bag of belongings and fled (Saturday). The water was still 10 hours from cresting. Yesterday, with a 4-wheel drive, she tried to get back home. The roads that aren't blocked by trees have part of the river running over them. There is no way home, no way to see what's left of her home (the one we helped with just 2 summers ago). She's devastated. Her Mom is going to an adult care center, as she's not well enough to go back to a clean-up-site after the waters recede. The folks that lived on the lake, proper, were rescued from their rooftops. They didn't have the "luxury" of gathering belongings and driving away. In comparison to the "big flood of '96", the waters were 6" higher than they were then. This wasn't anything that anyone predicted or expected. 'Twas "just another heavy rain" and preps were planned accordingly. However, extra batteries, flashlights and food isn't doing them a lick of good now. Anyway; just thought I'd put out a little "Prepare for the worst" reminder to you monkeys. You might not always get to use your vehicle to escape. Nature has a power, speed and flow that cannot be predicted. Make sure that you have a safe, alternate means of shelter - and see if you can store some belongings (food, meds, money) there. You just never really know.