Atlanta Flood 2009, The Day The Cleaning Began

1 of 3 dumpsters for 7 houses by Eric Ryan Jones
1 of 3 dumpsters for 7 houses by Eric Ryan Jones

The flood came on Monday. The water started to recede on Tuesday. Damage was assessed and dreams were crushed on Wednesday.

Thursday was the day the cleaning began.

Large dumpsters like you see at a construction site are starting to line the street and fill driveways. They are being filled with photo albums, couches, love seats, picture frames, kids dolls and toys. They are being filled with memories, hopes, dreams and history.

This is not what these dumpsters were meant for. Continue reading “Atlanta Flood 2009, The Day The Cleaning Began”

Today Was A Tough Day

Flooded Street by Eric Ryan Jones
Flooded Street by Eric Ryan Jones

Today was a rough day. It’s been raining here in Georgia for like 8 days straight (on and off). Last night we had some of the worst storms I have ever experienced. The lightening was bright and the thunder sounded like lightning, if that makes any sense. The storm kept me up for a lot of the night and finally woke me around 6 am and wouldn’t let me go back to sleep.

I started to see twitter updates of people not going to work, schools closing and more because of the rain and storms. So I made the decision to stay and work from home to avoid the madness of Atlanta traffic.

At one point I looked out my backyard and saw a pool of water, over the next hour this pool got bigger and was something I’ve seen once or twice. I’ve got a backyard which really slopes off so I wasn’t concerned.

An hour later my backyard was under water. Continue reading “Today Was A Tough Day”