Friday, May 02, 2008

Water, water, go away...



Yesterday I posted this picture of an intersection near my home which had flooded up through the storm drains. (Click on the photo or check the blog post just below this one for a better look.)




This is the same intersection today. Government employees in downtown buildings have been asked to work from home again today so that's where I'm tappy-typing.
They say the river's crested in Fredericton now and has actually gone down just a little. Unfortunately, the worst of the flooding has moved downriver to small towns like Maugerville (pronounced "Majorville"), Jemseg, and Sheffield.
The Prime Minister is coming to tour the hardest-hit areas this afternoon, which no doubt will be an enormous security and logistical headache and distraction for the people working down there. However, what is the PM to do? He's damned if he comes (he's already being criticised online - "How many people affected by the flood could the money wasted on this photo-op help?") and of course he'd be damned as callous if he didn't.
He gets a pass - or a shrug - from me on this one. Apparently he'll be bringing his chequeboook, so...
Keeping dry,
ronnie

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3 Comments:

Blogger Abbie said...

Holy (insert expletive here)!!!!

2:11 PM  
Blogger Sherwood Harrington said...

I'm guessing that Abbie didn't mean "Holy water." If so, there's a church somewhere in the Maritimes that's sprung a mighty leak.

3:58 PM  
Blogger ronnie said...

Abbie:
My thoughts exactly!

Sherwood:
Nice connection of the dots, but trust me, there was nothing holy about this water. On Friday they were reporting that several towns' sewer systems were backing up into the river and warning that the water was to be considered highly contaminated.

It was just the cherry on the top of the sundae :)

This was part of the reason the Commandante en Jefe's tour of the area was canceled - he wouldn't have been anywhere really near the water, but even where it's receded we don't know how clean the soil is, and he's a lot closer to the ground than we are - and doesn't wear shoes!

Looking forward to a good, hard cleansing rain in the coming days (but not too soon) -

ronnie

7:52 PM  

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