Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Wanted:: An Ark!!

So if you haven't heard by now, (which must mean you live under a rock) our little town of Orting, WA has been evacuated because of severe amounts of rain and flooding. The rivers around us have already reached record levels are just going to get higher. We know many people who have been affected must worse than us and just ask that you say a little prayer for them tonight. We are resting safely at my parents house on the hill (with Buddy, our dog, included) Thankfully, Steven was able to come home from work early to help me load up the suitcases... I didn't think much of the flooding when I heard about it on the news last night and this morning...but when so many of you began sending text messages, emails, and calling me, I quickly realized this was much more serious than I had originally thought. Within a couple of hours of hearing the news, there were firetrucks driving up and down our street honking their horns and yelling through the loudspeaker "This is a mandatory evacuation, please leave as soon as possible" We went to go get gas for the car and Downtown Orting was a ghost town, the stores (including Safeway) were all closed...scary sight.

...So thank you so much to everyone who thought of us and have continued to check in with us all evening...if it weren't for you, I wouldn't have been ready for our "official" evacuation...

Side Note:: We usually have church tonight, but a nursing facility that was affected in the flood, moved in to our new church facility and has set up shop. My parents are there now setting up cots and giving the residents dinner...my mom called and said KOMO news 4 was just there...so check the 11 o'clock news tonight for Edgewood Bible Church!! (That's us!)

Confession time:: 1.) I still had to make myself look "pretty" before leaving which required a shower and a fresh coat of make-up (all of this while the firetrucks are driving up and down our street! *Disclaimer: I would not have been doing that if the mountain had errupted... 2.) I really wanted to document this with my new camera so I took all of these pictures for you (see below)......while driving.

*This is what we saw in the window when trying to get gas at Safeway


*Can you read the sign?
It says "Standing water? Wet crawlspace? Bad Drainage?"
(the sign was in a huge puddle of water. the irony)


*Check out the the truck in front of me...thats a lot of water*


*Water over roadway


*This is someones back yard*



*Ouch!!*




*Anyone want to go swimming??*


*Another view of the water coming over the road*



*The sign says it all*



*Someone elses front yard*



*A Christmas tree farm*









*People trying to get into our city (Orting) no luck...the cops
were letting no one through and turning them all around*


*This line went forever....*


*...and ever*

































6 comments:

Suzie said...

I'm so glad you guys made it out safely..I've been thinking about you today! Let me know if there's anything we can do :)

Justine said...

I'm glad you guys made it out safe and sound! I hope your home stays dry.

Heidi B. said...

wow! you got some amazing shots, I am linking my friends to your site for pictures. That is amazing.....

Amanda Hug'n Kiss said...

Yeah, we got kicked out too. One of the pics you posted was taken at the intersection where you would turn to go to our house.
We're lucky we have parents near by that can accomodate our whole family!

Kristine (jdcskf) said...

Thanks for the pictures.....you took pictures of places I see almost every week when we go to the in laws house (who are fine).

I would have showered too, I hate showering at other peoples houses.

Kristine (jdcskf) said...

Thanks for the pictures.....you took pictures of places I see almost every week when we go to the in laws house (who are fine).

I would have showered too, I hate showering at other peoples houses.