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Seattle 0, Mother Nature 2

So for the second December in a row, Seattle got slammed with a storm that reminded all of us out here that while we might not get snow, or tornadoes, or hurricanes, Mother Nature doesn’t leave us out. Here are some photos from my poor neighborhood, which is slide prone to begin with–heck, we just got the main road in and out of our neighborhood opened a month ago after it had been closed for nearly two years, after a slide in 2005 closed it for nearly a year, and then last year, a week after it reopened, the wind storm caused another slide, that left it closed for another eleven months.

Here are the poor folks on Cove Point Road:

The rain and snow we’d had all last weekend left the hillside so saturated, that when the deluge came Monday, the hillside had enough and slid down into the neighborhood below, bringing with it a ton of mud and debris, which ended up filling the cul de sac and all the yards, destroying this house’s carport and driveway.

Mind you, this is after the county has been in here with backhoes and trucks hauling out tons of mud.

This house was red tagged earlier this week, but I see they’ve let the people back in. I feel so sorry for them, and all their neighbors who have suffered damage. And worse yet for the thousands of people down in Lewis County, which was hardest hit, who have lost their entire home, livestock, pets and businesses. We just drove down through this area over Thanksgiving when we went to Seaside, and can’t believe the difference one day of rain can make.

And I was complaining about the six inches of water we had lapping at our front steps and foundation Monday morning. At least we had somewhere to pump it, and make sure our house stayed safe. So many others had no place to go and no way to stop Mother Nature.

4 comments to “Seattle 0, Mother Nature 2”

  1. Margaret Garland
    December 7th, 2007 at 6:26 am · Link

    Oh, Elizabeth! How awful for all those people. Altho I live in PA now, I come from the hurricane country of the Gulf Coast. Houston/Galveston to be exact. My heart always hurts when I see pictures like the ones you show here. I guess the odds will always be on Mother Nature’s side. I have family in Maple Valley and keep thinking I should call. But I figure no news means they are OK.

    Take care of you and yours. And stay dry. I hope you have a lovely Christmas and holiday season.


  2. Gillian
    December 7th, 2007 at 7:35 am · Link

    It’s so sad. Yeah, Mother Nature always has the last word…as I go off to gather supplies for the three day ice storm headed our way…

  3. Haven Rich
    December 7th, 2007 at 8:46 am · Link

    OH man! And see, while my heart goes out to them, I often wonder why build in an area that is so dangerous? I mean, I totally get that you can’t avoid all nature’s havoc but you can live in areas less prone. Then again, this is coming from the person who just last year moved to southern Louisiana that suffered two horrid hurricanes just the year before. Smart right?

    In any case, stay safe!! And remember in the event that you must leave your home asap, your books (aka your pc) are most important….right after your family, pets and important papers and clothing.

  4. Karen H in NC
    December 8th, 2007 at 8:08 am · Link

    This seems to be the year of extremes (again). Please, oh please, send some of that rain to the Southeast US. Here in NC, we are ready to dry up and blow away here. Nearly 10″ below normal rainfall for the year (not including the deficit we carried over from last year) and lake levels are dropping so fast to be almost empty in some cases. Our drought level is exceptional which is beyond extreme. Most areas are on mandatory water restrictions and have been for several months. If rain doesn’t come soon, I am sure the governor will declare water rationing.

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