Monday, May 26, 2008

The Great Flood of '08

A rare thing has occured here in Coeur d'Alene this spring. . .due to The Long Winter of '08 (a record-breaking winter on many accounts!) there are (were) huge amounts of snow that have been melting ever since the weather started trying to warm up. This has resulted in flooding on Lake Coeur d'Alene and the connecting rivers. We had The Long Winter of '08, now we get The Great Flood of '08. :-)

(Left) This is one of the park benches downtown near the lake. The bench is not right on the water, so the lake has risen so much that the bench is now IN the water!

(Right) Here you can kind of see that the lake is up all the way to the lifeguard chairs on the City Beach. The water is usually much farther back. The water is now almost up to the wall keeping it out of the park!
(Left) Here is the Coeur d'Alene Resort, and the water. You can just tell it's high by looking at the picture. Trust me, it really is!
(Right) My friend and I checked out the Post Falls Dam the other day. The picture doesn't begin to do it justice. There is so much water rushing through at such a high power and it is breathtaking to watch. This time of year the dam and falls are practically the North Idaho version of Niagra Falls. :-) Only, there are no barrels to ride over these falls!
The winter was long and, at times, miserable, but it is so amazing now to see the lake doing something it hasn't done for 11 years and (hopefully!) won't do again for awhile -- flooding!


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I am hoping and planning to use this blog as a place to keep you all updated on the life of Laura, as well as a place to showcase some of the pictures I have taken as part of my photography hobby. :-)

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