Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Last night's storm which was right up at the top in intensity, saw one of our campus trees shredded and scorched by lightning. The scary part of this hit was the location, right along the road where people walk and drive all day long.
Somewhere I read a news headline that stated, 5 billion gallons of water fell on Richmond Heights during Sunday night's storm.
I can't find that story anymore but it makes me wonder just how anyone would know this. Is there a scientific weather instrument used by meteorologists which multiply what's in one gauge by the square miles of a city?
All this rain coming from tropical storm Bill is causing all kinds of issues, cars being swept away, tricky travel, flooded streets and maybe worse is the possibility of storm drains not being able to handle all the water.
On the St. Louis side the storm drain problem is maybe worse than in much of the Illinois side and west county because so much of the city and surrounding suburbs still have combined water and sewer drains. This means sewer backups in basements in many areas as well as forcing up animals who live down in the drains. Some of these you just don't want to know about.
We have a few more days of rain, hopefully there will be enough dry gaps to allow things to submerge. Until then please do not drive through flood water.
The new storm drains in the west most lane of the new 159 project aren't able to drain off rain like we've had this morning. Standing water, cars kicking up water higher than the roofs of the vehicles. Now, we have had a lot of rain, but this was still surprising.
So said the guy on Fox2 Now this morning along with the information that we could be looking at downpours of rain this week totally over 6 inches. I'd have to say, though, that the humidity has risen about as high as it can go judging by our windows.
For order of business for me this morning is to pump some of the water out of our pond so that the fish won't wash over the side this week and disappear.
One other thing, as hot as it was last week and humid, who would argue about air conditioning being one of the best inventions ever.