F 1 D 0 - 2003 04 22 at 1250 Flooded Ft William. There are 7 large pictures at the end. Allow it a moment to load. Easter weekend. This is when most folks around here plan to escape. Our neighbours had been planning a trip to Sudbury for ages. They'd leave on Thursday night, and return late Monday ready to work again on Tuesday. These plans were thwarted by wet weather. It started with a sudden heavy snowfall on Thursday. This made the narrow Trans Canada Highway unsafe. That was just the beginning of the precipitation. Saturday and Sunday had nonstop rain. I remember sitting at the computer just watching it come down. It wasn't droplets that hit the window, but the water had a thick quality, and mixed with the wet already on the pane. It kept the water thick. It was the same for some short trips we took in the truck. I wasn't going far, and didn't use the wipers. I preferred to watch the way the rain made this thick coating on the windshield. Today's journal was prompted by a two-page special in the Chronicle Journal. Old Fort William has seriously flooded. Lots of pictures were taken, and I'll share some of them with you. It turns out that the weekend's total downfall was more than 60cm. Prefer that in inches of rainfall? More than 24 inches came down. As I said, I didn't think much about it, really. I just relaxed at the project I'm doing on the computer right now. I've collected all of my English Dances into one directory. I want to print two dance cards for each one. One with the music, another with the dance cues. I'm printing them onto 8.5x3.75 paper [cut scrap letter size paper into three]. These fit easily into envelopes. The goal? When I want to lead a dance, I'll go through some list, and pick one, based on the people present. I'll open the envelope for that letter of the alphabet. Musicians get the music sheet, I hold the cue card. When done, I file it back again. The cue also has a number so I can find it on a compilation MP3 disk, so if I care to use recorded music, I can play from the single disk I've got ready too. Anyway, I digress. I sat just noticing how dark and wet it was outside, and it didn't dawn on me that this could be overflowing the local rivers in town. The Kaministiqua flooded, and affected people in the areas nearby to it. A friend wrote me to say the road was flooded out, and to get into town, she had to drive entirely the other way. She and her husband wondered about bicycling to their summer home. Interesting thought. Old Fort William is the historical park in town. This Friday, we were going to have a dance there, in costume. But it is all a wet mess. It could take ages to get it back in shape. I'll scan the pictures from the paper, and let you see it for yourself. That's all I know.