The barn in the picture above is about 2 miles from my house. We’ve had probably close to eight inches of rain in the last 24 hours, and it’s getting surreal. There’s localized flooding here and there (apparently Paulding County is worse off). Hwy 78 through Snellville was shut down this morning for a while due to a mudslide across the road. Cobb County schools announced earlier today that they would dismiss middle schools at 1:15pm (versus the usual 4:15pm), and elementary and high schools would let out at their usual times (2:50p and 3:30p or so). All extracurricular activities tonight have been canceled.
I’ve got a bit of water in my office, but there’s lots more in the office at the back of the building, where the storm drain has been overwhelmed and just can’t handle the volume of water that’s flowing down. My friend Bud has been fighting a leak in his roof for a few days, but that’s the least of his problems right now; he now has water flooding into his basement through the foundation walls, presumably because the water table has risen so high. I’d go help him bail, but he says that it’s impossible to get into (or out of!) his subdivision because the entrances are flooded.
And to make things interesting here at the office, the rising water has unleashed the ANTS…legions of them. Fortunately for me, they’re all at the back of the building. Rich took such delight in nuking them that it bordered — but only barely — on the perverse.
My very favorite commentary on all of it was this Facebook post from my friend, Mark Bullman:
I’m taking reservations for the Lido & Carnival decks of the new M-Ark I’ve been working on. We have limited availability because I have to fit 2 of every unclean & 4 of every clean animal on board. We at M-Ark Lines expect two other ships to be ready to sail from Paces Landing on the Chattahoochee in the next few days. So, contact your travel agent right away, spaces are filling quickly (like the tributaries).