Thursday, July 14, 2011
Evacuated 2011 - Day 22 - July 13, 2011 - Part 2
I just returned from a City Council meeting to approve the area for FEMA to sset up a camp for their workers who are going to be here for a considerable time. Also went to the Municipal Auditorium and received a tetanus shot at the temporary clinic set up. I did find out a few things about Eastwood Park. The block on 9th Street as you enter off Burdick Expressway is dry. In conversation with the chief of police it sounds like those few residents who live in that area may be allowed into their homes soon, maybe tomorrow. I met for a time with the Asst. Public Works Director about the rest of the neighborhood. It appears that there is a couple breaches in the dikes in our area. In one breach the water is flowing into the neighborhood and in another breach the water is flowing back into the river. the river is now about 1553. When it drops to the 1549 mark, maybe by Sunday, the city will open the overflow gates on the dead loop. These are usually opened when the river is high to alleviate the river channel. This time they will open them to drain the dead loop back into the river. We, the city, had a number of large pumps, 12-15 inch diameter pumps, reserved but they ended up in other flooded areas. When more are available, the city will begin pumping some areas to speed up the re-entry process.