A River Runs Through It

Through my street, that is.

For the second time in a year, our street turned into a river briefly. The last time had followed a few days of rain. A heavy rain burst took place and there was an actual current on our slightly sloped street.

Yesterday was far more impressive. First there was an intense gust of wind. Then I heard some clanking (like rocks being dropped on cars). I opened the front door and saw hail landing on the cars, streets and gardens. This was the first time in my life I saw hail, actually. They were between 1/4 and 1/2 inch big.

Then more wind came and it all quickly changed to rain. HEAVY rain. With thunder and lightning. It reminded me of a hurricane where you can see the sheets of windswept rain smash against houses. Within a minute or two, the street began filling up and a river was formed.

I quickly ran to get the camera and took a few shots. The one above shows a car parked by the end of our driveway. It’s blurry (it was windy, I was rushing, and I think Randy had the camera set to take night-time pictures), but you get the idea. Those are WAVES of water….in a street. After less than 5 minutes of the heavy rain.

The storm departed as quickly as it came, lasting all of about 20 minutes. But what an impressive 20 minutes it was!

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