The STORM of Storms
story by Jonny____
Here we are on Valentine’s Day!
So today (February 14, 2019, Big Bear Lake, California) I watched
as a large tree came crashing to the ground and four creeks overflowing main
the roads. The non-stop rain and snow spilled over into rivers of water hurrying
down Big Bear Boulevard.
There were several locations throughout Big Bear Valley, the
electric power was out including major street lights. The authorities were
setting up roadblocks and closures because of high-water flooding. In spite of
warning signs, cars dared the inevitable and drove into the flooded streets.
Next the drivers would be calling for tow-trucks!
Back home our storm-watching observation focused on the extreme
high-wind force; I watched the neighbor's roof literally peel off, shingle-by-shingle
while discovering new leaks creeping into our house.
Previous to the storm, our green house had a beautiful front-yard
that now is a creek on Sierra Trail. The muddy water and slush blew open the
fence, forcing its own pathway. The culvert
to our drive is overflowing and the bottom of Tennessee Lane, which is our
street, is a dirty brown river instead of clean pavement.
See my four pictures that I risked my life taking them. It is so scary
to drive in and scary to walk out into the unpredictable weather. Trees are
bending and are breaking all over town; I saw a tree in front of the big Bear
Sheriff Station just topple over and just miss a car. I never had seen a tree
snap like that!
Fun stuff?! Okay, did I say
pictures, yes I did. Only on our street though. Water too deep to venture out
Written by Jonny
Bresnahan & Lisa Patterson