Rain, rain, go away. And it finally did!
The sun peeked out of the clouds Wednesday evening after several days of what seemed like non-stop rain. Local weather forecasters estimate that 12 inches of rain fell on Marco, and six to eight inches was just on Wednesday!
I remember a few years ago it rained like that. It was fall and school was in session. I couldn’t get through on the flooded roads to pick up my son at Tommie Barfield Elementary. My friend’s husband, Steve Servente, brought Noah to the Eagle office. The storm drain work had just been completed on Tallwood Street and it worked beautifully then and now.
If you didn’t know, the Marco Eagle office is on Elkcam Circle, across the street the post office. As the rain pelted the office on Wednesday, we all watched, from the comfort of our building, the water rising in the street. There was also a high tide, that hampered water runoff.
And it rained even more!
Lisa Douglass, city public information coordinator, emailed press releases on street closures due to flooding. If you went to our Web site, marconews.com, we were posting stories, photos and updates as the day rained on.
The big news was that the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge was closed due to weather! In the six and half years of living on Marco, I can never remember that happening. The Goodland Bridge remained opened though.
Workers at local restaurants, hotels and businesses were asked to stay for afternoon and evening shifts, since relief workers could not get to work.
By 5 p.m. Wednesday, the skies were clearing and the water was receding. I think a rainbow would have been appropriate.
As I pulled onto my street, my neighbor was cleaning off the debris from the cover storm drain, helping clear the road of water. Today, city workers are emptying the drain baskets filled with leaves and twigs. Many residents are still cleaning up, mopping up dirty water that flooded their homes.
We need the rain, right? Maybe it could have been over more days and not so much at once. But beggars can’t be choosers. I bet the grass has grown at least an inch or two in the past day and the water shed levels have benefitted too.
But that didn’t stop the sprinklers from dumping more water on the saturated grass. On my way home and later that evening I noticed sprinklers spraying water on home lawns and on the Collier Boulevard median. The water had no where to go except into the street and storm drains. What a waste.