Monday, June 09, 2008
Bailing out after the storm
We had more than four inches of rain in Madison Sunday, coming on top of a couple more the day before -- some of which ended up in our basement. But it could have been worse, and for a lot of folks it was -- especially to our west, north and east (maybe that magical phallic ornament aimed at the sky helped after all). Driving east of Madison this morning on Highway 12, there were lakes where I had never seen lakes before, where corn and soybean fields used to be. Coming into Cambridge, there was another one of those lakes between Cruisin' Fried Chicken and Subway. Local fire engines displayed their versatility by pumping water, not into the buildings but away from them, stretching their hoses up over a slight incline and pouring the surplus water into the storm sewers on the other side.