First of all I want to say a big thank you for all the phone calls; emails and messages checking in to see how we are doing with all of the flooding. We are far enough from the water that we have had no problems. I am trying not to take that for granted! There are many who have lost homes and businesses, and my heart goes out to them.
Steve and I finally went downtown with the camera to take a few pictures now that the worst of the flooding is over. Thousands of sandbags stand in tribute to the volunteer efforts that went in to save our little town. And they did their job!!! I have to tell you, tho, that these are much heavier full of water than they were when it was dry sand. I'm not even sure I could lift them at this point!!!
Here is one of the spots that I spent a couple of days helping at when I was downtown sandbagging last week. It's amazing to think that each and every one of these sandbags was filled by hand. One person would shovel the sand; one would hold the bag open; one would tie the bag shut and then others would haul them away. And people just jumped in and helped. Talk about a sense of community. Now comes the tough task of cleaning up. And the task will be even harder down stream in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City!
But as far as downtown Cedar Falls, it is dry and will be open tomorrow for business!! Some stores and restaurants were even able to be open this weekend!
I think I may have to head downtown tomorrow for lunch at one of our favorite restaurants on main street. We were headed here for dinner last Monday night with M when we first realized the severity of what was headed our way. Boy! It's been quite a week!!
I don't want to forget to say a Happy Father's Day to my dad!! Sure wish we didn't live quite so far away or I'd stop by with some circus peanuts and to skunk you in a game of cribbage!!! Maybe in a few weeks! Thanks for being a great dad and grandpa! (And now GREAT Grandpa!!) See you in a few weeks!!