Marriot Hotel

June 13, 2008 - 10:58 PM

This is what we saw about a mile up the road from us:


There is roughly 4 - 5 feet of standing water over the road and it is still rising.

After dinner, we went to the Marriot Hotel for some last minute sandbagging. Things are not looking good. They didn't have enough time to build an adequate wall along the back side and the river is within 6 inches of the wall of the building. We were attempting to tape plastic along the wall in hopes that the water pressure would hold the plastic up and pass by the building. It just didn't seem like a good solution, but it was all we had.


A flood is like a slow motion train wreck that you can see coming from a long way off and you feel every ounce of it as it's happening. Like a train wreck, there isn't much you can do to save yourself if you're caught in one, but the amount of time you have to watch it unfold makes you feel like you just have to do something. I think we all felt that way tonight as we worked to build sand bag walls. I'm not sure if anyone really thought that it would hold back the water, but you just have to do something. Our best hope is for the river to stop rising against the predictions of the National Weather Service and the Army Corps of Engineers. That seems an unlikely bet, but what is man without hope?