So, for me, it’s hard to believe that March 16, 2019 was the last time I lived in the home I had loved. As Preppers, we had thought we were prepared for any disaster that would happen in our area.
Mistake #1: Believing when we were told we were safe from flooding in Pacific Junction, Iowa. We had been assured, repeatedly, when my husband first added flood insurance to our policy, that we didn’t need it. After the town had experienced severe flooding in the past the town had taken steps to make sure out didn’t happen again. They’d built levees and added pumps. We saw the pumps work on one occasion, the town hadn’t had them on and there was a heavy late summer downpour. There was several inches of water standing in our yard and some roads in town had waist deep water standing. Emergency Services turned the pumps on and placed the portable ones in the worst areas and the water was gone in a matter of hours. In 2008, when the Feds said we were going to have 5-6ft of water in our house, the pumps kept the town so dry I’d had to water my gardens every day.
So, we didn’t believe we’d end up with 12ft of water in our home, much less have it there for 27 days and didn’t really have a plan for it. Yes, we had evacuation plans, but not ones where we had a matter of a couple hours to get out.
We saw our neighbor emptying their house and thought were wasting their time, which leads into our second and perhaps, biggest mistake:
Mistake #2: Not watching the local news. Twenty years ago, one of the books I’d had to read for my Bachelor’s in Natural Healing was by Dr. Andrew Weil, I’d had to read 2 or 3 of them and since they were all in the bookcase in the living room at home, I cannot tell you the titles of them. Anyway, he suggested doing a “news fast” and not watch the news for a week every couple months, I don’t remember, now, the exact timing for it, because I started my news fast and only watched the news once since then. That time, I saw that a young man who had worked for my just a couple months prior and then left for Afghanistan, had been killed. Yeah, I never went back again! The local news, at least in Omaha, Ne, for about the first 10 minutes is only about who has killed who in areas of the city where the gangs are, so I didn’t miss that. It is interesting to note that by turning the news off is when I started to change my leftist views and started to move towards a more conservative view of things.
Ok. That went off into a real tangent! This blog isn’t planned so much as it is stream of thought anyway. Where was I? Yes, I did look back at what I’d written! The mistake of not watching local news. If we had, or if we’d even been more engaged with the people in town, we would have known about the flooding danger. I saw the river every day when I crossed it to and from work, I knew it was up, but our first hint of trouble didn’t come until Friday the 15th when I couldn’t get back across the river because all the bridges south of Omaha were closed. To get home from an appointment that was 10 minutes south and west of Omaha, to our home that is 30 min south and east of Omaha, I’d had to drive all the way up to Omaha. What should have been about a 40 minute drive ended up taking me 2 hours after trying both bridges and having to drive up and use the South Omaha Bridge. There is one other bridge that’s close to PJ I could have tried, but…..no. If the brand new bridge I normally used was closed, the Plattsmouth bridge my great uncle has built in the early 1900’s was definitely closed! I loved my Uncle Roland, he was a fantastic Engineer, and he built it using the best materials and techniques of the times, but over 100 years later of private ownership and that bad boy always struck me as just plain sketchy! Sorry, another mini tangent.
Saturday, the 16th Bear, my husband, did get the guns out, but left the 10,000+ rounds of ammo where it was stored on the main floor of the house so you can imagine what happened to it. He’s still working on getting what’s reloadable cleaned. He’s just started working on it over the last few months and the case cleaner is here where I live and not at his condo up where he works during the week so he only messes with it once or twice a month at most.
Here are my final thoughts. First, never say, “never.” If you live in an area where it’s flooded in the past, don’t believe the authorities when they say they’ve corrected the “problem”. Unless that river had been moved 50 miles away, there is always a chance that levee will breech after the idiots upstream start releasing too much water. It doesn’t have to be a flood, that’s what this is about and so I used it as my example. Know what Nature can do in your area and make plans to deal with what ever it could be. Weather patterns are changing, getting more severe and extreme since the Magnetic Fields surrounding the Earth started weakening. Cosmic Rays are getting through and affecting the weather, but that’s a topic for another time. If you’re curious go to: Suspicious Observers.
Ok. Just some of my thoughts on what happened 2 years ago.