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As the waters recede...

Looks like West Central, IL is out of danger from the flood now. The waters are starting to recede despite the rains we've been getting. I went Sunday to the sandbag staging area where I'd been the previous weekend and there were tons of bags and no more sand. Homeland Security looked to be pulling up stakes and moving on down river to Missouri. So I ventured down to Quincy to get some damage photos and then worked my way back up river to where I'd been the previous week. The smell is awful everywhere. Dead animals mixed with farm runoff, manure and effluent from the hog farms. Not exactly perfume. It makes you gag until you get used to it and that's saying something that you could get used to it. The mosquitoes are really bad and already carrying West Nile. The gnats hang in clouds and attack as soon as you near the water. There is this horrible, sticky, clinging sludge on everything and now the floor mat in my car smells like the bottom of the Mississippi River. We will be cleaning up for a long time to come. On to the Pictures.

These first ones were all shot at the bottom of Broadway street in Quincy near it's intersection with Bonasinga Street. Where the restaurant sits there is usually dry land until you get to the very back which sits out over a foot or so of water.











Sandbags protecting a business







Tons of dead carp were around making the stench worse









Bet they thought they were high enough up.















The brown line marks where the water came up on the sea wall.



Aptly named restaurant.



BNSF will have to check the structural integrity after everything dries to make sure no footings washed out.







May be some of my sandbags there.



Leaving the Gem City behind



Down on the bottoms. Roads are drying out in some places



That farm is where I was bagging sand last week. You can see how close the flood waters built up behind it.





This was completely underwater last week



This farm remains underwater



A ruined corn crop sits below this muck





This was a soybean field



Driftwood from Iowa maybe



This was all water last week







Love Seat







Still a lot of water. That's a rooftop out there



There is a road under that muck



This farm is drying out slowly







Wander

Comments

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gun___slinger
Jul. 3rd, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
oh my god, that is just horrible :(
that makes me feel so sad.
i hope the cleanup doesn't take as long as everyone anticipates it to :(
ryl
Jul. 3rd, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
BNSF? Bureau of Non-Safe Foundations?

The upside of this is now the soil's been replenished.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 3rd, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah but the crops are ruined for this year so higher food and fuel prices this Fall and it will take considerable time to clean up the fields enough to plant again. BNSF is Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.

W
ryl
Jul. 3rd, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
I didn't say it was an immediate replenishment.

I like my version of BNSF better. :P
celestialmarvel
Jul. 3rd, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Wow such devestation.

I haven't seen close up photos like these until yours, thank you for sharing.

I hope that cleanup goes off without a hitch. These poor people don't need anymore problems.
wander
Jul. 3rd, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
The water in 93 didn't completely recede for 2 years. Once FEMA and Homeland security leave it will be up to the individual farmers to clean up and get on with their lives. That will take years in some cases. But we are used to it.

W
oldcroaker
Jul. 3rd, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
I live by two rivers that flood almost every year, the one by our home town does the crop damage like here but not on the same scale. The sewage treatment plant gets flooded and there goes effluent for everybody.

About 20 years back another river flooded in the south part of the county and they had to dynamite the dead cows floating on the river.

Mother nature is pissed off I think.
wander
Jul. 3rd, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
She has been for awhile. All these disasters are tied together.

W
iamcyber
Jul. 7th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Wow, these pix are just compelling.

On a slight skew in topic...what's the old boarded building in pix #1 and #3 on the right?
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iamcyber
Jul. 7th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC)
(Pssst! You need an "=" after the "img src" code so they'll load on this page)
iamcyber
Jul. 7th, 2008 08:10 am (UTC)
Neat place! Looks like it could've been some sort of small factory at some point being that close to the river.
wander
Jul. 7th, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)
Grrr. It's fixed now. This is what happens when I get home at 2 am and answer email. I'll find something out about it for you. What are you foing up so late young lady?

W
iamcyber
Jul. 7th, 2008 08:23 am (UTC)
I'm a night owl...it's "early" for me. LOL!
wander
Jul. 7th, 2008 08:27 am (UTC)
Maybe some night when I don't have to get up in 3 hours for work, I'll drive up and see if you want to get late/early pancakes or something.

W
iamcyber
Jul. 7th, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
You have to get up in 3 hours and you're still up?! GO TO BED!
wander
Jul. 7th, 2008 08:38 am (UTC)
Going. I just got back from doing fireworks shows all weekend. I stopped and took an hour nap at a truck stop near LaSalle so I'm not too bad off.

W
iamcyber
Jul. 7th, 2008 08:47 am (UTC)
So you've got the permittage to shoot the Class A and B ones off? KEWL!
wander
Jul. 7th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
Yes but you can only handfire up through Class B. Anything above 9 inches and you have to fire it electronically which is no fun at all, other than to watch it. We handfire all our shows. We are licensed to do Class A but there is rarely enough room in the towns we do fireworks shows for to shoot a 10 inch shell or bigger. You'd have to have 1000 feet of clearance between the line and everything else so 8 inches are the largest ones we normally do.

W
wander
Jul. 7th, 2008 08:19 am (UTC)
I thought you might be interested in that. From what I can tell, It's a very old factory building. I was parked up the hill and behind it and it looks like it may be used as a warehouse as it has those back loading bays. The whole downtown was closed down during the floods so it was impossible to tell if it had been used recently here is a pic of the entranceways.

















Apparently The original name has SB in it and it was built in 1887. I can look into it if you are interested.

W

Edited at 2008-07-07 08:20 am (UTC)
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