9.10.2007

Water, Water Everywhere... RUN!

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As you may have heard in the news, Gunlock experienced a flash flood on the afternoon of August 1st. This has happened before, however this time, Justin and I were there. Actually, Sara and I were on one side of the bridge while our husbands happened to be on the other. I noticed that the river had risen very high on my way home from work and went over to Sara's to tell her that I was going down to the bridge to take some pictures (the video footage of the beginning of the flood is above). Sara decided to pack up the kids and go with me.
As I was filming, the first property began to flood and Sara had to yell to get my attention. I looked up to see the water starting to surround the first house and Sara telling me that she was going to run up to the door and tell them to get out or they would be stranded in their house. There was no way I was going to let her, a mother with three kids, risk her life to save the people in the house, so I told her I would do it. No one was home in the house, but when I turned around I was surrounded by thigh deep, muddy water. I had to jump the fence to get out of there.
Sara and I made it to safety, with her kids. No one was hurt and the entire community helped with the clean up. There was over 800 volunteers. If you were one of them, thank you so much and thank you to everyone who kept our community in your thoughts and prayers. Gunlock has strong citizens and we appreciate your support.

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