Blacksburg Flood 22-Feb-2003
Pictures and story by Sarah Will
1-a river ran through it. on the right side of the picture, you
notice what appears to be a small river going through our back
yard. other streams are feeding into this river, coming from all
parts of our property. also, take notice, in the back ground, the
mountain is not visible. it is very foggy.
2-a pond is now there. look to the lower middle portion of the
picture. what you are looking at is a pond that has formed
infront of our front porch. i'm supprised I don't see fish hoping
in our new water/marsh area. also, up higher in the picture, the
remains of the front lawn is now a large marshy area.
3-a raging torrent. running horizontally across the picture is a
raging torrent, running through our culvert under the driveway,
that has replaced the once docile and occasionally non-existent
stream. on the right side of the picture, you'll notice a new
stream running into the raging torrent.
4-a raging torrent. this
is just another picture of the other
side of the culvert.
dad and I now leave our house and proceed down deercroft.
5- another river runs through it. this is a picture of a lawn
in front of a house a few houses down from ours. or actually, the
word "lawn" is probabbly not acceptable in this circumstance,
more like river/marsh.
dad and I now proceed down the rest of deercroft and turn onto
lusters gate. we travel down that a little ways to the country
club neighborhood. we have turned down that street and
6-well, this river has decided to run across it. this bridge has
become a bit useless at this point. when a river goes from 5 feet
wide to 50 feet wide and at least 3 feet deeper, things like this
happen. on the right side in the river, you'll notice what
appears to be a tree floating downstream.
7-here, on closer examination of the yellow sign in the middle of
the screen, you'll notice that the river is almost two feet above
dad and I don't think it would be safe to try to navigate to the
other side. so we decide to make a u-turn...but not before....
8-i snap one more picture as we turn around. this area is
typically a dry grass lawn. not anymore.
we leave country club and continue down lusters gate. we think
we're gonna go up woodlands, or maybe the other country club
9-here we encounter what dad says has never happened before
according to his funny little maps. oh mylanta, THE
RIVER HAS BREACHED ITS BANK!
we probablly could make it through okay, but we decided not to
10-as we turn around, i snapped another picture of the river. the
river typically stops at the front line of trees. well, not
as we turn around, another car comes down. they decide to brave
the road, and made it safely across.
i thought this was really cool, so I took one more
picture of it.
now we're heading back home toward deercroft
12-what you're looking at is the runoff onto lusters gate from
our back yard. YIKES! remember the first river that ran through
it? YOWZA! but luckily, the culverts are working as they should,
and all the water is running safely under the road, and the river
continues on the other side in the cow field.
now we're back in our driveway
13-this is just a picture of the typically non-existent stream
running under our driveway. and yes, on the left hand side of the
screen, this is my beautiful hand.
14-this a repeat
okay the tour is over. sorry it wasn't funnier, but with tons of
pictures of water, you run out of jokes fast. hope everything's