Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Well, the bridge on my street may be open, if only in a jerry-rigged and temporary way, but the one in the last post with the historic triple-arch (built in 1822, with no mortar!) I just found out is closed indefinitely. Which makes getting across town, to, say, the dump (sorry, 'recycling center') to pick up compost for the garden a real pain in the ass; the quickest detour makes the journey (usually a mile and a quarter) at least five or six miles. Not fun. Another old bridge, hard by a dam that was threatening to let out, is also out of commission, as one of the slabs shifted and collapsed, leaving a rather large gap. And today they announced that a third bridge has been closed, over on the other side of town.

As a selectman said, my town is now a place 'where you can't get there from here.'



Souris Optique said...

Good grief. :P
Be safe!

broadcasting from a knitting parlour said...

Oh Honey! We're just so relieved that you're alright! My old street was evacuated (in RI). Awful. Do you have any news on the Dighton relatives? Gary is right smack on the river...I imagine he's floooooded. Wally?

Thalia said...

I don't know about Gary, actually. He's on the norther end of Dighton, right? There were some streets flooded, but I didn't hear anything about houses in Dighton actually being underwater (not like they were around Watuppa Pond), so I would guess? he's okay. Wally had about 8 inches of water in the cellar (and it's a dirt cellar at that--well, I guess now technically it's a mud cellar) that's since gone down. His barn, though, keeps filling up even though he's got a sump pump. We figure it's probably seeping in because the water table is just so high right now.

Are you talking about Westerly? Because yeah I heard it was a bit of a mess. Did you see the pictures of the Warwick Mall? Literally in the middle of a river. Not just a flooded parking lot several feet deep (up to the roofs of the cars there), but an actual river, swirling and flowing along quite rapidly.

broadcasting from a knitting parlour said...

Just amazing. Sure, Harry & Issy & Gary flooded during hurricanes. The river comes right up and into the house...those rafters held many things over the years. But, I never in a million years expected to see your town under water, or Westerly, or Warwick, for Pete's sake! The pics you posted are pretty unforgettable. Is your ma painting any waterscapes?

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Wow, you've been having such a time of it, with the flooding and the bridges . . . . Hope everything's back to relative normalcy soon!