Saturday, September 21, 2013

Stopped by Thursday's Downpour

Full Stop
Tail end of the rush hour, and the skies just opened. Just guessing, but it felt like we got about 2" of rain in 45 minutes or so. This is at Regent and Speedway, but I soon found myself on University Avenue between University Bay Drive and Midvale, and traffic was crawling in water that was mostly 6 to 8 inches deep, and deeper in a few places. Cars were leaving impressive wakes. A few stalled. Although I was grateful that the Avalon rides pretty high off the road, it still was white-knuckle time.

I finally got off to higher ground and looked for a good place to cross University Ave. and get back home. Drove the back road to Walgreens at Hilldale to check the Midvale intersection. That's when I saw all the cars stalled in the access road, which was totally under water more than a foot deep, with several cars stalled in the high water. A couple Good Samaritans helped push some of the stalled cars out of the high water. See how the car in the foreground got out of there.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Newly renovated and re-imagined Central Library opens Saturday

The Question Place
The central branch of the Madison Public Library reopens a week from today. Find answers to your questions. Find answers to questions you didn't even know you had. Find more questions. And maybe a book or two. They still have them.