Dam . . .

dam around Florence, Ks.
@GardenGerty (96668)
Marion, Kansas
May 28, 2016 9:41am CST
After the big flood in 1951 they built this dam to protect the town from the flooding of the Cottonwood River. It is likely that where I live, on top of a high hill, did not flood, but I have talked with people who had to be taken by boat out of the third floor of homes. The river has not crested yet from all the flooding we are experiencing, but we wanted to go look this morning; The water is not quite up to the bottom of the bridge across the river. I will have more pictures later. I will put some pictures of the river in the comments to responses. It was interesting to go out to see what the river looked like today. The flood of 1951 was in October. It must have been cold and miserable to clean up afterwards as that is the beginning of our cold and wintry weather. While there we got to visit with the mayor, see another snake, observe mulberry trees and grape vines and other neat things. Are you having a good day?
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@just4him (109872)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 May 16
Interesting info. I look forward to seeing more pictures.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 May 16
It was fun to go out this morning in the sunshine and see this. There are some trees that have broken off and cause the water to get blocked up. Last year they said it covered the bridge. I am looking over the side right now.
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@JudyEv (118731)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 May 16
@GardenGerty I wonder if it will go over the bridge again.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
29 May 16
@JudyEv Maybe it will if the rain comes back, which they are predicting starting tomorrow.
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• United States
28 May 16
This is really interesting history to know Heather. A great photo of the damn there. Day is okay here today just okay thank you.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 May 16
It is a really beautiful sunny day here.You can see way off the old locomotives parked on the railroad bridge. They say it keeps it from washing away.
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• United States
28 May 16
@GardenGerty Such a beautiful place Heather..thanks made my day to see this lovely part of Kansas.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 May 16
@TiarasOceanView I was certainly glad to share.
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@DaddyEvil (23486)
• Aurora, Missouri
28 May 16
I look forward to more pictures, GG! Hopefully the water won't get high enough to reach the top of your hill! I only have access to a canoe. It would take a lot of paddling to reach you and rescue from your home, so I really hope it won't prove necessary! Yes, I am having a lovely allergic reaction, atm! I can see well enough to hunt and peck, but not well enough for full on typing. Small sections of the screen, only and only two keys at the same time. Hopefully, this will not last long. (At least I am on vacation, so am not missing work over it!)
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 May 16
We are at the far end of town from the river, and have a canoe. What are you having an allergic reaction to? Can you take some benadryl?
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@DaddyEvil (23486)
• Aurora, Missouri
29 May 16
@GardenGerty Benadryl can't even touch it. I take three antihistamines (Dr. prescribed) every day. I still enjoy the occasional nasty reaction. Usually to pollen, dust or pet dander. My, the river certainly looks nasty there!
@LeaPea2417 (19107)
• Toccoa, Georgia
28 May 16
So far my day is good. I have never lived through a flooding and hope I never will.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 May 16
I have not either. I am really new to this little community.
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@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
28 May 16
There's been flooding around Austin, but I haven't gone out in the rain, in fact, I got home Thursday night just before it started here. Show us the pictures!
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 May 16
Cottonwood river.
I heard about the flooding there. I guess the water is not as high as it was last year at this time. This picture is from the side of the river. Our community planted a grove of black walnut trees ten years ago along here.
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
28 May 16
@GardenGerty Watch out for mosquitos though. Standing water seems to bring them out in hordes.
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@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
28 May 16
@GardenGerty they were showing on Facebook the Brazos River flooding - wow!
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@sueznewz2 (9704)
• Alicante, Spain
28 May 16
Nice set of photos.... I hope it doesn't flood ...
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 May 16
The nearest house seems to have a lot of water around it, but they still can access the road to come in and out. The river has crested and I guess is going down now.
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@sueznewz2 (9704)
• Alicante, Spain
28 May 16
@GardenGerty ooohhh well that's good news ...I hope you it stays dry for you for a few days to help it go down even more....
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
29 May 16
@sueznewz2 Rain is supposed to start back up tomorrow.
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@celticeagle (117189)
• Boise, Idaho
28 May 16
That was my birth year also. November. Enjoyed the pictures. Yes, cold and miserable clean up. That is when it starts getting chilly here.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 May 16
I have a friend who was born in September of that year and was part of the evacuation.
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@celticeagle (117189)
• Boise, Idaho
28 May 16
@GardenGerty ....Interesting.
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@Jessicalynnt (47790)
• Centralia, Missouri
28 May 16
My day is better now that the morning grumpies has passed. sounds like you have some places to raid for berries later
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 May 16
That is in addition to the ones in my yard and the berries and grapes in the community garden.
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• Centralia, Missouri
29 May 16
@GardenGerty oh that garden, still jellie!
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@Lucky15 (33429)
• Philippines
29 May 16
We got few dams here for electricity purposes. If it rained hard...these dams have to let go water before itnwill spill...leading few towns have this waist high water
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
29 May 16
Yes, there are dams that are built to take advantage of the water for energy.
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
28 May 16
Floods and high water can be scary, especially when the floods carry objects such as trees, big rocks and other stuff at a high speed.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 May 16
Yes, I am really glad this is not in town, but on the outskirts.
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@Corbin5 (99913)
• United States
28 May 16
The water does sound like it is awfully high. I assume more rain may cause problems for many. We had a creek behind one of our homes and the water would flow through the basement windows when rainfall was heavy and long-lasting. Such a mess to clean up after that.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
29 May 16
My daughter was in Fort Collins, Colorado in August of 1997 for an International Youth Conference from our church. The campus flooded, in fact the whole town did. The youth were held in Moby Arena for an extra prayer session. Had they not been they would have been in the basement of the student union when the flash flood rushed in. The musicians that were scheduled were in the basement trying to rescue their equipment and had to leave by a basement window on the high side when the water rushed in where the kids were supposed to be. Floods are awful messes. and scary.
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@Corbin5 (99913)
• United States
29 May 16
@GardenGerty Wow! They really did have a flood emergency! What a scary event if that water rushed in when the youth happened to be in that basement!
@DWDavis (10774)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
28 May 16
I hope the dam holds and the river stays in its banks. We are having a great day. My wife and I are camping this weekend at a peaceful campground where there isn't really much to do, which is just what we both need as we are worn out from a very long May.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 May 16
May for educators just seems to wind up and up and go crazy.
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@DWDavis (10774)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
29 May 16
@GardenGerty My students have finished their exams and now we just have to keep them busy and engaged for six more school days. My science colleagues and I think we've come up with a way to do that for this week. We're going to have the kids build balloon race cars.
@andriaperry (46375)
• United States
29 May 16
Yes I did, sounds like you did too!
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
29 May 16
I did have a pretty good day. I enjoy seeing all the stuff around here. I will have to load more pictures later.
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@JudyEv (118731)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 May 16
I find it staggering to try to work out where all the water comes from. It's all right seeing a high water mark in a tree or on a street sign but then to look around and realise the level was that high throughout the whole area not just at one spot. Do they think you might have floods this time? Even with the dam?
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
29 May 16
No, they say it was even higher at this time last year. We got to see high water marks in the building where the library is, an old bank building. Part of what causes the water to back up is for trees to break loose and keep the water from going on down stream. So in dryer times there are volunteers that go down and clear them out again.
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@PatZAnthony (12342)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
28 May 16
Well, we did not get to visit the mayor-did not see any snakes...wow, we are boring!
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
29 May 16
I bet you had some interesting stuff happen. Every day can be interesting. I actually started talking to this guy thinking he was someone else. Just a guy in a pocket t shirt and jeans, using a cane. Younger than me.
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@jstory07 (65293)
• Roseburg, Oregon
28 May 16
Floods can cause a lot of damage. They are very dangerous.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 May 16
Yes, that is why I am glad that the town took measures to prevent future floods.
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@marsha32 (6689)
• United States
28 May 16
Learned something new--didn't ever notice that we can also add images to comments! I can only imagine there is flooding a lot of places with all of the rain.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 May 16
I know in McPherson a friend of mine says they need to pull the drain plugs, the parks are full.
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@Butchcass4 (6015)
• United States
22 Jun 16
Thanks for sharing your experience and whats happening in your area. I've had a pretty good day. I had to stop more than once and drop on my knees and cry out to our Father in heaven and ask for help as I suffer with anxiety attacks and He helped me once again. So for now I'm good thanks for asking. Can't wait for the updates and pictures!
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
22 Jun 16
My wish and prayer for you is that you will receive people and activities into your life that give you victory over the anxiety that you suffer from.
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• United States
23 Jun 16
@GardenGerty I did really well tonight after my time on my knees before the Lord He touched me again. He has been my Healer so many times that it still blows my mind. He is amazing. He also helped me to stay out of the ice cream and cookies as I have another 20 pounds yet to lose. He's helped me lose 70 pounds so far, praise be to God. He helps me exercise 6 days a week, its power walking a dvd that I exercise to. I just love it its by Leslie Sansone she's also on youtube.com.
@dodoazo (17329)
• Philippines
9 Jun 16
Since you were born, has it flooded? Or Not? It was 1951 and the month was October. They coincide with my birithday which October 1951.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
10 Jun 16
I was born in 1953. I know that they have had some high water since then but no real flood where homes were damaged.
• Dallas, Texas
28 May 16
I am having a fairly good day. Hope you the same. I have seen mulberry trees and eaten them as well, the berries, not the tree, ha ha! I love to grow grape vines, especially the concord grape. But I would not want to visit our mayor, anyway he is too busy for me. lol
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
29 May 16
Oh, this guy was nice. Has to be. Only four hundred residents in the town. It was neat to learn more of the town history from him.