The First Week of May- Silliness and Seriousness

Jillian here!  The first week of May is full of fun dates and lots of folks had a great time with some of them on FB and other social mediums. May first is May Day which is celebrated a lot of places with flowers and even a maypole to be danced around. May Day is also International Workers’ Day. May first is also Law Day when the United States remembers and reflects upon the role of law in the founding of this country and how important it is to society as a whole. We usually have luncheons with the local bar and some folks visit the schools to pass on some words of wisdom.

May Fourth as become a kind of Star Wars day- “May the Fourth” be with you, for example. People celebrate the series of movies on that date.

May Sixth has also picked up on the Star Wars trend by being “Revenge of the Sixth” day.  LOL  – it can’t get much crazier than that, can it?

Well, yes, in all seriousness, it can. We here in Pensacola got a big whammy last week on April 20 and 30th. We got over 27 inches of rain in like 10 hours. We actually got more rain in that 24 hour period than Los Angeles has gotten in the last two YEARS.  This was on top of several big rains the week prior where the rivers were already close to spilling over. All that additional water needed somewhere to go and for some very unlucky people, it ruined their homes.

We had a couple of fatalities when cars were swept away when the dirt under train tracks washed out as well as when the dam broke on one of our lakes. Some of my friends less than a mile from me had to escape through their roofs and by boat at that. It was crazy and so fast.

We’re used to hurricanes but this damage was different and very sporadic. It was nuts- pockets of town were totally devastated and others were totally okay. It didn’t seem to be much reason with what got destroyed and what didn’t. It’s amazing how life can turn on a dime as they say.

Many, many people who had damage were no where near flood zones and had no flood insurance. It’s pretty sad. Clean up is still going on. We were lucky that we live on high ground but so many weren’t. The bridge was out right outside my neighborhood so for several days, I had to go north to go south to get to work but at least I had an intact home and office.  Here’s a link to a few pictures.

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8 responses to “The First Week of May- Silliness and Seriousness

  1. Oh, wow. I’ve been watching the news and wondering how close it was hitting you. I’m glad you’re high and dry, but that’s awful for the people who were affected. It’s like the Oso mudslide here. It devastates a pocket of people, but the community as a whole is affected by it all. So sad. Here’s hoping the “force” is with you and things are drier now.

  2. Valerie J. Patterson

    I’d been hearing about the torrential rains your way. We got some storms, but thankful most had lost their steam before reaching this far. Floods are so devastating. I can remember as a little girl my dad being gone for weeks at a time while he worked in a flood area helping families. We need to have a healthy respect for weather and nature because it is far more powerful than we are. I hope those affected are in the process of recovering and I genuinely hope there is aid coming to those that are without flood insurance because they do not live in a flood zone. So glad you were spared!!

    • Thanks Valerie. I’m glad your dad helped people in such situations. That’s definitely a great thing to be proud of even though I’m sure you missed him. FEMA has been called in and many people are pitching in to help. Sadly, the water table is still too high and they are predicting 5-7 more inches today and tomorrow. Should be interesting. If more infrastructure was already weakened, it could be bad again.

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  3. Oh my gosh, Jillian. That is a LOT of rain. Feel so sorry for those affected, especially with no insurance. Here in the UK folks are still battling with insurance companies after the floods here earlier this year. Pretty disgraceful really.

    • It was crazy rain for sure. And the lightning was unbelievable. 150 strikes a minute for hours. We had some in the back yard. And yeah, I’ve been following the UK issues. Shameful for sure.

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  4. Was not aware of the rains you’ve experienced. Glad you are safe on high ground and dreadful for those affected. After the wettest winter on record here, many are fighting losing battles with insurers – one wonders why we pay insurance as they all seem to want to get out of paying!

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