The Rising Waters

Grab A Sandbag And Get To Work!

We have been plagued with non-stop rain for pretty much the whole month of May. This has resulted in Lake St. Clair (our mini Great Lake), and other area lakes and rivers, creeping towards flood stage. Living here in the Metro Detroit area, we usually don’t have much to worry about in the way of weather. At least in the summertime. Don’t get me started on winter. From time to time, we’ll get some severe thunderstorms that knock out power for a few hours, or maybe a couple of days, but that’s about it. However not this spring. There doesn’t appear to be any end in sight for the rain. Hopefully, June will be warm and dry. Fingers crossed.

My wife and I recently decided to get a new roof for our house. The old one was over 25 years old and we certainly got our money’s worth out of it. However, with some of the wild wind storms we have had over the past couple of years, one of my neighbors noticed our old shingles were actually flipping up like flaps on an airplane. Yep, it was definitely time. We signed the contract with the roofer, picked out our shingles, and set up an install date. Then the rains came, and came, and came. We have had stacks of shingles on our roof for three days now, and there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight. This crap is getting really out of control.

I’ve been thinking about my brothers, and my other friends who live on, or near the water. This must be a very scary time for folks who have never had this kind of experience before. The city of St. Clair Shores has declared a flood emergency and lakeshore residents have been instructed to sandbag around their property. Yikes! In regions like the Plains States, and other areas across America, this sort of thing happens every spring. I don’t know how they handle it. By all accounts, the SCS Memorial Day Parade, which marches down Jefferson (less than a block from the lake) went off without a hitch yesterday. They even beat the rain, which is the best you can hope for lately. I hope you and your family have a safe and happy Memorial Day. Today, please remember all of the servicemen and women, who died to keep our country free.  Also, please say a prayer for the rains to stop!  Amen.

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