Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Floods, 100th Post

It seems fitting that my 100th post is about a flood that happened within a few moments in Joplin.
I've looked at the time codes on my photos...at 10:44 we were watching stupid motorists getting stranded in the water in front of our building.
Roughly one hour later, EMS was having us crawl through the window at the rear of the building, to evacuate.
Within 20 minutes, the water hit the door step of our building, started coming in the door (and we started trying to save the computer equipment/unplug everything), and we had to evacuate because the water was thigh high in the parking lot.

I made EMS save my laptop, external hard drive and my camera -- but I couldn't take pics of us coming out the window, because I was one of the last ones to crawl out think ankle length long knit skirt...UGH...

I guess the water has receded, and we'll be able to work out of Neosho starting sometime tomorrow. They are loading up equpiment now, to save what they can. Hopefully we won't get anymore rain, but the forecast looks like we might get more....

Here are some of the pics...

10:40 a.m.
A good samaritan tries to "push" a floating car out of the water in front of our building.

11:14 a.m.
A truck driver ignores the street closure sign (and two stranded cars) and still tries to get through to the intersection.

11:21 a.m.
The storm system that is covering southwest Missouri (I took a pic of the computer screen)

11:22 a.m.
The water had climbed to the top of the sidewalk, and was just at the door. We started to talk about what we were going to do if it came in the building.

11:30 ish
Shortly after I took the last photo, the water started coming into our building. I spent the first few minutes trying to help a writer from Neosho save and e-mail his story (He was trying to file it from our office) before frantically grabbing stuff and putting it up on my desk. We made sure all of the cords were unplugged and everything was at least up off the floor.

11:40 ish
I took this pic, after I crawled out of a window (near the truck) and waded through thigh high water to higher ground. EMS had us come out of the window, rather than open up the door, because there was more than a foot of water pushing against the glass. At least three co-worker's cars are in the water, and are presumed totalled.

11:50 ish
After we took our boss's laptop to him at the 20th street office, we drove back to the area by our office, to rescue one of our co-workers ... we didn't realize he had walked to the car dealership next door to check on something....The police finally got some "manpower" at the intersection of 8th and Illnois, to stop people from driving through the water....

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