The Mighty Mississippi

by Oldbabe June. 18, 2008 1769 views

Friend Marsha (Queen911) dragged me down to the sky bridge during the lunch hour so we could take flood photos. I have never been there. I am afraid of heights and even more afraid when there are big sections of glass that make up the sky bridge floor. I always prefer to have both feet firmly planted on the ground. Marsha (Queen911) , on the other hand, always has her head in the clouds ;-)

I nervously clutched the handrail while walking along and caught the eye of another lady walking the opposite direction who must have felt the same as me about walking on glass and skybridges because she gave me a faint little knowing smile that said “me too, honey.”

Anyway, here is how the flood looks in our part of Iowa. This is downtown Davenport which is down hill a few miles from our work place. I think the Mississippi River (or Big Muddy), which is what you see here, crested today.

I don't know what there is about flood waters, but it brings out all sorts of gawkers. I would have liked to have been able to stay a while longer just to take pictures of the gawkers. Maybe next lunch hour.

Well, we didn't get our feet wet and are keeping our heads above water (most of the time) and my feet are back firmly planted on the ground, thank goodness.

The sky bridge.

The band stand.

A dry patch.

Movin' on down the road.

The statue now looks kind of like a light house now since it is surrounded by water.

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Allison 12 years, 11 months ago

LOL! Scardy CAT! :) Great shots

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Julie 12 years, 11 months ago

Way to go facing your fear of heights.
You got some great shots!

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Patricia 12 years, 11 months ago

So devastating ~ my in-laws are in Iowa City & it's so sad. All the homes and businesses and livelihoods lost. These photos definitely tell the same story. Glad you're back on safe ground!!

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Leocheung 12 years, 11 months ago

A cool first shot and a great reportage.

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Thomas Thompson 12 years, 11 months ago

Wow incredible shots, would have liked to see more of that bridge, thats and amazing bridge, amazing shots, thanks for the walk around

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Bertram J Chatham 12 years, 11 months ago

Incredible shots of mother nature's power! Stay safe and dry Cathy.

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Lynda 12 years, 11 months ago

Great view of flooded area. What a devastation these floods have caused. Thoughts and prayers with all of you in Iowa.

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Picturemom 12 years, 11 months ago

You did a GREAT job with these, hard to believe until you are really there isn't it?

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Marsha 12 years, 11 months ago

These are great shots. How did you managed NOT to get the reflection of the windows? I really like #1 and #5

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Tracy 12 years, 11 months ago

Great shots. Interesting to see...I was hearing all about the floods just this morning on NPR!!

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Jacki 12 years, 11 months ago

WOW.... these are impressive! What a mess all this flooding has been making for people everywhere. It's pretty cool that you had such a great place to take photos from (even though I completely understand the height thing!)... those photos taken from up high give a great perspective. Well done oh fearless friend! :-)

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Shruti 12 years, 11 months ago

great set, same thing happend in our kolata on 17.6.08

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