Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Aftermath of the Flood

You've probably heard about the flooding that has been going on in the Midwest United States, along the Mississippi river. One of the earlier states to experience flooding was Wisconsin and in particular, the Wisconsin Dells tourist area where I visited last week. Lake Delton, a man-made lake, basically broke through a dam and drained right into the Wisconsin River, taking with it the livelihood of a lot of people for the time being.

We took a ride on the Wisconsin Ducks.

These are pretty amazing vehicles used in WW2 that can travel on land or by sea.

The ride we took used to go into Lake Delton. But now all you can see is what remains. There is part of a house on the left. If you saw the footage on television, you might remember that some houses were dragged right into the lake.

Here is a view of the lake from where the Tommy Bartlett Air and Water Show usually takes place. All their water skiing equipment is sitting in mud and most of the seats were empty. They are putting on a variety show to get through this season without the lake. We were only there because our hotel was giving away tickets.

We had a good time on our trip, despite the Dells being a very touristy area. The scenery there is really beautiful. Thank you for all the good wishes!


Carrie K said...

Wow. That is just hard to take in.

Those Wisconsin Ducks are pretty awesome!

Cath said...

That's an amazing story with interesting photos. Not often an entire lake disappears. Welcome back!

StuckInABook said...

Oo, hadn't heard about the flooding. Gosh.

Glad you had a good time, though!

Do head over and enter my BAFAB draw - and anyone else who stops by!

Tara said...

Carrie K, it was unbelievable to see in person, and yes those Ducks are so great!

Cath, thanks! It was amazing on TV and even more so in person.

Simon, I will do that!

Bookfool said...

Wow, that's wild. I did see that image of a house that disintigrated into the water, on the Weather Channel. The host said, "That never gets any easier to look at," after they'd shown it about 50 times. No kidding. It was a horror.

I'm glad you had a good time!

Nan said...

I hope those people had warning and time enough to get out, and get their stuff out of the houses. Scary.

I love the duck(s)!

BooksPlease said...

I hadn't heard about the flooding either. I'm glad you still enjoyed your holiday.

Tara said...

Bookfool, I was watching the footage of the house on CNN and they had the owner on the phone. It was so unreal, and naturally I wondered about the logistics of it - did someone pull all the wreckage out of the river? Unbelieveable.

Nan, I don't know if that was the case or not. The owner of one house who spoke on CNN said they didn't even have flood insurance, that the ins. company wouldn't sell it to them because there would never be a flood.

Yes the ducks are fun! On the one hand it's just a fun thing to do, on the other, such an amazing piece of history and great recycling of these vehicles.

Booksplease, I suppose you wouldn't, all the way across the pond! Thank you.