March 15th, 2010


Rainageddon! Don't Worry, I'm Not Flooded Out (Yet): A Photo Essay.

You know, a couple of years ago when we got slammed with rain, I remember being worried about living so close to the Charles River. I was told, "Ah, don't worry. If the Charles threatens to flood, they'll just open all the locks and the level will go down. The Charles never floods."

Apparently, this bit of information is wrong. When you get more than 10 inches of rain in 24 hours, it can flood to epic proportions.

The Charles does indeed flood. And since someone can only get home by crossing the Charles, when news came out that the state is so worried about one of your possible routes home that Governor Patrick is standing right on that bridge, it's best to clear out of work early.

Keep in mind, I have only three possible routes home, all of which require me to cross a bridge over what is now a flooded Charles River or a tributary.

Needless to say I didn't just walk out the door, I ran.

On the upside, I'm not in danger of getting flooded out because I'm on relatively high ground. My basement isn't even flooded. The bad news is quite a lot of people in my area can't say the same thing.

But because I'm crazy, and because there's still a residual reporter still living inside, I couldn't resist sneaking out in the pouring rain mixed with hail to capture some of the disaster.

Behold! The Ides of March!

Photos of mess below the cut.

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And that's what I did with my early release from work! Went back out into the rain and got soaked to the bone to take these pictures.

I do it because I care. And because I'm crazy.

Now I need some green tea to warm up.
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