Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Be careful what you pray for ...

Atlanta's experienced drought conditions for several years now. Two Novembers ago Georgia’s governor, Sonny Perdue invited people to pray for rain.

Pretty sure he’s stopped by now.*

After receiving several days of heavy downpours Atlanta is one big puddle. I’ve heard from several friends with flooded basements. Thankfully that’s all that was flooded for my peeps on the northeast side of the city; Georgians west of Atlanta haven’t fared as well.

Homes in Carrolton, west of Atlanta

Six Flag's Scream Machine partially underwater. (By the way, that pavilion is where I saw Amy Grant in June, 1983. Just in case you wanted to know.)

A Chevy Avalanche underwater. Michael was not pleased by this picture.

A flooded Toyota Prius. Michael wasn't too upset by this one. Of course, he's sorry for the owner but hopes this will give the guy a chance to buy a real car.

As bad as Atlanta’s traffic is normally I can’t even imagine what it was like when the highway flooded. The intersection of 285 and 85, lovingly termed Spaghetti Junction, was overcome by water, leaving motorists stranded for miles. The pictures are simply astonishing.

The one good bit of news to come from the flood conditions: Lake Lanier is almost full. It will be nice to drive by it and not see red Georgia clay where water should be.

News of the rain is very good news for Rebecca who joined Governor Purdue and prayed regularly for the drought to end. She was very concerned that Nanny and Grandma couldn’t water their flowers or grass.

She doesn’t have to worry about that any more.

*Thanks to Tina for a great FB post that prompted me to write about this!