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Well, My Garden Didn’t Need THAT Much Water…

June 21, 2012 by Jocelyn

I’m sitting in the Duluth airport, getting ready to fly into Detroit.  I planned this trip to visit my family months ago, and it was almost ruined by the flash floods we had the night before last.  Yesterday was extremely chaotic, and the entire city was pretty much shut down.

If you haven’t heard our stories about the flood or escaped zoo animals, you can read more about it here, here, or here.  Other than the poor little zoo animals, we were quite lucky that no lives were lost.  The damage to the city however, is major.

Even my garden on the rooftop could not escape the damage caused by the heavy rains.  Our drainage on the roof is good, but still not quite good enough.  Here’s a shot of my garden from yesterday afternoon after the rain cleared up a bit.

Garden after Duluth Floods

Luckily, I was able to drain quite a bit of this water thanks to a loose board on the side of the garden bed.

On my way down to see my garden, I took a few shots of the runoff and the damage that was done do our streets.

Rushing Water!

This was right by my house! The road was completely destroyed.

Flood Waters

You can’t see it, but there are HUGE holes in the street as you go down. The pavement was completely torn apart.

No one I know sustained any major damage to their homes or cars as far as I know, but it’s still sad to think of all that was lost with this huge storm. I know that we’ll be repairing damage from this one night for at least another year or two, possibly longer. It makes me realize how easily disaster can happen, and I feel very grateful for what I have.

On a more positive note, I’m really looking forward to my time in Michigan! We’re going to the Balloon Fest this weekend, and I’m really excited to see a hot air balloon! I’ve NEVER seen one before. And yes, I did grow up in the middle of nowhere, thank you very much.

I won’t be at the computer at all until I get back to MN on the 26th. Until then, I hope everyone has a great weekend, and good weather!


1 Comment »

  1. Lori says:

    DId you ever return from your trip? Or did you decide to let Duluth dry out for the summer? I’m waiting to see if your garden beds dried out/ recovered from the deluge…

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