Monday, May 15, 2006

Water, water everywhere...

Here in the City of Haverhill on the North Shore it has been raining for the past 48 hours...and it's still raining. A state of emergency has been declared. The schools are closed. The downtown section of our neighboring City of Peabody is under water.

We're told this is the worst flooding in this area for over 100 years.

Of course this is nothing like what happened in New Orleans. I've been telling my friends about this animated graphic that appeared in the Times-Picayune. Actually I posted a note about this graphic yesterday. It really is worth checking out to see the succession of "disasters" that led to the flooding of the city. What it brought home to me is the fact that different levees in different parts of the city failed. The cause of the flooding in the Lower Ninth Ward was different than the cause of the flooding in the Lakeview area.

Anyway, our flooding problems here on the North Shore this morning are relatively mild compared to those experienced by the residents of the Big Easy last August. Of course that is of little consolation to someone who has four feet of water in his or her basement!