DAILY PROMPT: WORST CASE SCENARIO

Of all the awful possibilities, what’s the worst possible thing that could happen to you today?  Now, what about the best?

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FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY–PART II

From New Orleans, the National Weather Service declared a Flash Flood Emergency extending eastward into the Florida Panhandle.  A line of thunderstorms stretched from Louisiana to Tennessee, continued to build over the Gulf of Mexico, moving east, northeast. Expect heavy rains, frequent lightning, hail one inch in diameter, and wind gusts to sixty miles per hour.

Rainfall amounts in affected areas could total 6-10 inches or more–stating mid-morning, continuing through the nighttime hours.  After recent record rainfall amounts, streams and rivers are still in flood stage. Flash flooding is imminent.  Immediate emergency action is needed to prevent loss of life.

MANDATORY EVACUATION DECLARED–

The County Emergency Management Agency, declared an emergency evacuation effecting all areas south of Interstate 10 by 12:00 PM noon, today.  Those refusing to leave will be subject to arrest.  Due to washed-out roads and bridges, emergency personnel may not be able to respond to 911 calls.  Please report to the nearest emergency evacuation shelter in your area.  If you need assistance or transportation, please call the emergency number.

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A mere forty-eight hours ago, my wife and I felt helpless against the surge of water that invaded our home.  We wet-vacuumed an enclosed sun room all night to prevent rising water from entering the main part of the house.  It was touch-and-go, as the power briefly went out several times.  I can think of nothing worse than more flooding rains on top of the twenty-two inches that fell this past Tuesday and early Wednesday.    

As water slowly recedes–memories are still too fresh.  Reminders are everywhere–high water marks, scattered debris, washed out roadways, flooded cars and homes.  Several drivers perished in their cars–found yet today.     

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After the rainiest April in Gulf Coast recorded history, a long-range fair weather forecast would be the best possible outcome.  Those overwhelmed by losses, need time to recover.  My peace of mind was stolen from me.  Most of all–I want it back.  I fear it’s gone forever.

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Author: warturoadam77p

70 year old married retired communications worker with three grown children, transplanted from the Midwest to the sunny Gulf Coast.

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