Thursday, September 4, 2008
First Missouri Rain Storm......
Okay, I thought I knew what a rain/thunder storm was....wow was I wrong!!! Last Wednesday evening I was finishing doing chart review at a little nursing home about an hour Northwest of Kirksville. Towards the end I could hear thunder and lightening. I was getting a little worried, because I had to take a little country road to get back. Now you have to understand that the country roads here are VERY hilly and curvy. Literally, you go up the hill and down the hill and up the hill and down the hill..etc. As I was getting ready to leave I asked the nurse if I could take the same road back, and she said I couldn't because it would flooded. She told me the way I had to go, which was a longer route, but should be a little safer. I started on my way, and then it hit. The worst storm I have ever been in. I was literally in the middle of the country. There was no where to pull my car over, and I could barely see the road. The rain was coming down sideways. My wipers weren't doing anything, and streams of water were flowing across the road. Lightening was crashing down everywhere around me, and to top things off I didn't have cell service. I was scared. I kept driving slowly, because I didn't know what else to do. I finally got a hold of Colt, and he was able to calm me down. It took me an hour and a half to get home, and the storm followed me the whole way!!! When I got home, Colt had me look at the little storm ditch we had in our back yard. This ditch is about 3 feet deep 3 feet across. When I looked out, there was literally a river about 40 feet across flowing down our backyard. Luckily we are up about 15 feet from the ditch. The pictures are of the water going down the backyard.
It was an experience I won't ever forget. I have now learned that if it says it is going to storm, stay close to home!!!