Packed up and left work early this afternoon as (ex) Hurricane Ivan whirled into town causing devastation. The road the office is on was already flooding as we tried to make our way home and traffic was jammed all over the place as several traffic lights were out of action.
Deep swathes of flood waters had to be crossed several times and a couple of times the way was impassable and a new path had to be found in order to get home safely. We came across one poor driver stuck in a submerged car futilely flashing his headlights from the middle of a deep trough of foaming chocolate water.
Also along Lowery a huge great beast of a tree had come crashing down across the road practically blocking the way home. A deep breath for the truck and a tight squeeze and we made it past that obstacle, leaving it behind for the drenched policemen manning the scene to deal with.
A clogged interstate with the wind and rain drumming on the truck, and us witihin, peering out, ever vigilant for more emerging oceans to cross, led us back over to East Atlanta. At times the truck seemed more like a boat as we cut a wake through what was once the highway.
We were almost home when we faced another detour as the crossroads to get onto our street was a raging torrent of flood water which we were very doubtful about attempting to traverse. Bill swung the truck around in the opposite direction and we circled around the neighbourhood to approach from the other side of the street.
Of course, just our luck. We turned into Braeburn and were confronted with another fallen tree arched across the street. Thankfully this one was a mere child in tree terms and we were able to inch past it’s narrow limbs and continue onwards to our little cottage amongst the woods, a little nervous as to the state of all the trees surrounding it.
We were very relieved to turn the final corner and see our nest intact. That is until Bill pulled up onto the drive and discovered a huge branch had fallen loose while we were out and was lying right where we park the truck. Yikes. Glad we weren’t about then.
Happily we still have power at the moment and the dogs are just fine. Genghis always gets a little upset in storms but there’s no thunder and lightning tonight so he’s not too freaked at the moment. I’ve just got to try to persuade them to venture out into the weather cauldron to pee now. They’re protesting and not having any of that!