Water's Still High

I went to Election Judge Training last Thursday (as I'm working at our local precinct for the upcoming August Primary Election). Since the flooding in our area is no longer the leading story on the news (either local or national), thoughts of all that water in the areas around us have receded from my focus. However, it was brought home with a question from a fellow judge at the class, who asked: "What do we do about people who have been flooded out of their homes (AKA their permanent address...the one on the election books) and have temporary addresses (and probably no ID with that particular address)?" Yes, there are plenty of people in this very county who are still dealing daily with the seemingly endless problems of the high water.

But, we are high and dry where we live, thank goodness. We're between the mighty rivers, with the Mississippi to the north (about 12 miles) and the east (about 40 miles), and the Missouri to the south (about 13 miles). And, although I hate to cross any of the bridges over either of the rivers due to the high water, I've learned to just drive in the middle lane...don't look left, don't look right.

Maybe you can tell from the photo (right) that the Missouri, shown here at the Klondike Boat Ramp area off Highway 94 in St. Charles County, has receded just a bit from the "high water mark" on the opposite bank (which is a piece of St. Louis County known as the LaBadie Bottoms). Can you also see the debris rushing down the river? Yes, the current is swift, and the river is made even more treacherous by all the stuff: logs, branches, trash, etc. Mother Nature at her scariest, for sure.

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