Warning: photo-heavy post ahead
We have been having a record-breaking monsoon season in Atlanta this month.I have had a hard time finding accurate information on the web as to how much rain we've gotten over the month [edited: over 15 inches this week according to a new weather.com update], but I do know for sure that on Saturday between Midnight and 1:00 pm a measuring station recorded over 5 inches of rainfall. And it's been raining non-stop for days and days people.
We see heavy rain and flooding from time to time when a hurricane or tropical storm moves through, but this is different. This is sustained rainfall for no apparent "reason" and with no end in sight.
I have lived in Atlanta for over 14 years. I have lived in my current house for over 6 years. I have never seen anything like this.
As I drove through my neighborhood this morning with my camera, I saw a husband and wife wading through crotch-deep water clutching their dog and a few possessions tightly to their chests. I almost asked if I could take their picture, but I did not want to intrude on their obvious grief.
Our house is on high ground. We are lucky. Many are not.
All of these photos were taken in my neighborhood, many from the front steps of my house. As always, you may click to "embiggen".
This shot is from my front porch. People are stupid. Two people have DIED in Atlanta after having their cars overcome by the water..
This is my across the street neighbor, Lady Di, attempting to keep the flood waters out with a sheet of plywood and grim determination. It wasn't enough.
The end of my driveway. The water was over the top of my galoshes.
My mailbox and WAKE from a passing vehicle.
The bike/nature path that we frequently utilize. The bridge is typically about 6-7 feet above a creek bed that is more often than not DRY.
Oh. My poor neighbors.
Now I just have to figure out what I can do to help.