October 15th, 2005


Holland flood photos

Those of you who have been to my father's house in Holland, Massachusetts might be interested in seeing these pictures of the flood. From what my father and my sister (who lives across the street from him) say, this is more or less what happened.

It's been raining pretty steadily for about a week, and last night the water was just under the bottom of the bridge that goes over the river leading from Hamilton Reservoir. Overnight they got four or five more inches, which caused it to reach the bottom of the bridge, which at that point became an obstacle to the water, causing it to rise a couple of feet until it was over the top of the bridge. The dam/spillway that normally controls the water flow from the reservoir down the river was likewise underwater.

The water has receded somewhat now. The bridge is damaged and unsafe, and generally roads all through town are in very poor shape, most steep driveways are washed out, etc. However, everyone is fine and both my father and my sister's houses came through unscathed and unflooded.
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