During and After Yet Another Storm

I’m an Okie and so used to severe storm season; but enough is enough. Last night’s tornados and flash floods not only hit some of the same places in Moore, OK (Paula Blaxton, my heart goes out to your parents), but it also claimed more lives! Today’s death toll is at 9. That puts us at 33 for the last two weeks.

These were the clouds to the south

These were the clouds to the south

Clint and I tried to make it to a shelter in the nearby town (we really need to install one ourselves), but ended up being chased by the storms all the way to Chickasha. For three hours we were in traffic trying to flee the worst storm system in Ok history and ended up getting back toward home to drive right into flash flooding and torrential rains! To say it was scary was an understatement. I’m still tense. Next time, I ride out the storms in my interior hall and take my chances with the wind! The crazy drivers out there nearly gave me a heart attack!

In the south again

In the south again

My middle daughter lives in Mustang and lost a VERY large tree in their back yard. Unfortunately, it came down on their house!. She and the babies were not home – thank heavens – but they did sustain major damage to their home. They are assessing the damage this morning. The bad part is that they are calling for more rain for our state. My other girls are okay. MIcah’s nerves are frayed as she spent the night at work at Mercy Heart Hospital trying to calm patients while worrying about her family.

The clouds in the south were very pretty

The clouds in the south were very pretty

The clouds in the north were not so pretty, these were the ones with the tornados

The clouds in the north were not so pretty, these were the ones with the tornados

This image doesn't even do these clouds justice, what a time to be without proper camera equipment.

This image doesn’t even do these clouds justice, what a time to be without proper camera equipment.

When we got home or rather near home, we were met with running water in the roads and a yard that was more flooded than last week. Even my top terrace in the back had standing water – a first in the 20 years we’ve lived here. We had to park our car which barely made it through the flooding at a higher elevation and wade home. I took some pics in the dark of how close the water came to the house and some more this morning as it had receded some. The ground is so saturated, it won’t dry until August!

Here are some of the flooding images. I was so terrified during our flight from the storms, that I didn’t take any photos of the storm clouds that were chasing us or the water on the roadways. I only got out my camera (or actually my daughters little point and shoot) when we were safe at home. The first group were the shots I took last night; the second were taken this morning after the waters had receded.

This is the big sycamore tree in my front yard. it is about 400-500 feet from the road and my ditch is about 4-5 feet deep. The water crossed the road! BTW, all the black is water!

This is the big sycamore tree in my front yard. it is about 400-500 feet from the road and my ditch is about 4-5 feet deep. The water crossed the road! BTW, all the black is water!

This is the top of the hill in my backyard, there has NEVER been any standing water in the back, it is so much higher than the house!

This is the top of the hill in my backyard, there has NEVER been any standing water in the back, it is so much higher than the house!

The water was several inches deep at the back, and around on the drive. We have water in our utility room at the back door and under my freezer. My utility room used to be my back porch until we closed it in. Perhaps should have sealed it better.

The water was several inches deep at the back, and around on the drive. We have water in our utility room at the back door and under my freezer. My utility room used to be my back porch until we closed it in. Perhaps should have sealed it better.

This is my driveway which is about 3 feet deep in places that tiny with thing in the middle is my mailbox at the road!

This is my driveway which is about 3 feet deep in places that tiny with thing in the middle is my mailbox at the road!

This is the south side of my yard about 100-2-- feet to the creek which is all under water - second time in one week! This time was a lot worse.

This is the south side of my yard about 100-2– feet to the creek which is all under water – second time in one week! This time was a lot worse.

my lilly pond - its full so no need to add water. I planted seeds around it as well because of drought erosion from previous years. Now all the dirt is going to wash awry. One good think, all my trees should do some awesome growing!

my lilly pond – its full so no need to add water. I planted seeds around it as well because of drought erosion from previous years. Now all the dirt is going to wash awry. One good think, all my trees should do some awesome growing!

Care for a swim? My pin oak looks very happy, I think I hear it singing! That dirt area in the middle and around that tree; I just planted seeds the day before. I think its safe to say that they washed away.

Care for a swim? My pin oak looks very happy, I think I hear it singing!
That dirt area in the middle and around that tree; I just planted seeds the day before. I think its safe to say that they washed away.

This was across my road, the runoff of Triple Creek which runs along the south side of my property.

This was across my road, the runoff of Triple Creek which runs along the south side of my property.

Here's your sign! You can see where the water line was up too last night!

Here’s your sign! You can see where the water line was up too last night!

Welchel's Wetland is full and accepting endangered species! We did have some waterfowl yesterday before the flooding began. The water came all the way up to that large tree on the left side of the photo.

Welchel’s Wetland is full and accepting endangered species! We did have some waterfowl yesterday before the flooding began.
The water came all the way up to that large tree on the left side of the photo.

Lake Welchel from the road. Last night the gas meter on the left was almost completely submerged and the water was crossing the road I'm standing on. That ditch or embankment is a 4-5 foot drop from the road.

Lake Welchel from the road. Last night the gas meter on the left was almost completely submerged and the water was crossing the road I’m standing on. That ditch or embankment is a 4-5 foot drop from the road.

This is my neighbor to the south of the creek, his place doesn't usually flood. When driving home last night I just knew we were going to wash into this creek/flooded areas.

This is my neighbor to the south of the creek, his place doesn’t usually flood. When driving home last night I just knew we were going to wash into this creek/flooded areas.

Say Hello to my little friend! This little guy was displaced and stuck on the asphalt! The image is blurry because I'm using a borrowed camera and I can't figure out how to get closeups on it!  Should of used my cell phone!GRRRRRR, my camera is still in Japan!

Say Hello to my little friend! This little guy was displaced and stuck on the asphalt! The image is blurry because I’m using a borrowed camera and I can’t figure out how to get closeups on it! Should of used my cell phone!GRRRRRR, my camera is still in Japan!

This is, I'm not sure what it is??? Maybe a gas tank? This is some of the debris stuck in the culvert on my creek. The county stopped and looked at it and then drove off. What can you expect? Our road has been torn up since last Dec and they still haven't fixed it, why take care of a clogged flooding creek.

This is, I’m not sure what it is??? Maybe a gas tank? This is some of the debris stuck in the culvert on my creek. The county stopped and looked at it and then drove off. What can you expect? Our road has been torn up since last Dec and they still haven’t fixed it, why take care of a clogged flooding creek.

I am so very thankful for my $3 thrift store find! Allows me to go where no camerawoman would normally go!

I am so very thankful for my $3 thrift store find! Allows me to go where no camerawoman would normally go!

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May Photo-a-day Challenge: Day 23 Funny

Yesterday’s (yeah, I’m a day behind again) challenge was supposed to be SCARY. After all the storms, I’m tired of scary so I changed my challenge to FUNNY! I shared in another post (https://dwelchel.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/as-if-tornados-werent-enough/) about my flooding yard. This is how I deal with it! Have a beautiful and storm free day!

Day 23: Funny I used to have a sign that read Lake Welchel, Posted. This is my new one, because of every manner of water creatures who take up inhabitance when we get a small lake in our front yard.

Day 23: Funny
I used to have a sign that read Lake Welchel, Posted.
This is my new one, because of every manner of water creatures who take up inhabitance when we get a small lake in our front yard.

This is why I need the sign after every heavy rainstorm. :-)

This is why I need the sign after every heavy rainstorm. There is another 40 feet of water to the right and normally this is all dry!  🙂

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Clouds

Pretty, pretty cloud. Rolling and rumbling through the evening sky chasing the sunset across the plains.

Pretty, pretty clouds. Rolling and rumbling through the evening sky chasing the sunset across the plains. Promises of rain, threats of storms, I love you just the same.

Living in Oklahoma, cloud watching is more about preservation than daydreams. But I love clouds, even the scary ones! Between our violent weather and our amazing sunsets, we get some pretty amazing looking formations. Whether they are black and rolling or colorful and meandering, our clouds are beautiful.

On a crisp sunny day, the pillowing white formations make for a wonderful afternoon of daydreaming with your children: that one looks like a bunny or that one looks like a dragon! Whatever you see is magical.

On a overcast evening, while the sun is setting, you can get colors ranging from the faintest pink to the deepest darkest red. Colors that cause you to stop whatever you are doing, just to watch as the colors fade to black.

And then when cold fronts and warm fronts collide, you get clouds that make you run for cover. I have photographed many of these; ones that looked like a giant rolling cinnamon roll close enough to the roof of my house that I felt like I could reach out and snatch a bite. My children cried for me to come indoors, but I looked at them knowingly that if this cloud did decide to drop out of the sky to form a tornado, the cover of our “center room” would not be enough. Still I photographed.

I cannot find my scary photos, my pics are not archived that well, so its hard to hunt them down without spending hours, if not days looking for that one just right photo. But I did manage to snap a shot the other night of some big rolling clouds just as the sun was setting. These were a combo of beautiful and scary as they marked the huge thunderstorm that rolled in a few minutes after I took the images. They were moving fast and the light was fading equally as quick, so I did not have time for a tripod. Thus, these images are a bit grainy and not nearly as colorful as they were when I went in to retrieve my camera. But they are what they are. 🙂

Storm Cloud 1 storm cloud 2

Have a beautiful and safe spring!

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