Monday, August 4, 2014

Mother natures fury!

This is today's view from our bedroom window.  The marked car sits atop mud and debris that filled the waterfall pool we have enjoyed prior to the freak flash flood in Mt Baldy, Ca  yesterday afternoon. 4"  in less than an hour brought a wall of water down our narrow canyon. The car here is my neighbors to our uphill left.
The stream bed is usually 8 feet or so below the once walking bridge which washed downstream yesterday. All thats left of the bridge is one steel beam.  Our house is to the left, beyond the covered vehicle that only stayed put because my hubby had 1) built some large stone walls that diverted flood waters, and 2) had his vehicle nose against a big rock wall.  The car in the previous pic was parked just above where the white bulldozer is in this pic.
About a hundred feet further down the canyon was this car. This is the vehicle that contained the  48 yr old visiting hiker that was trying to leave the canyon. He didn't make it. News coverage taking place in this photo.
Most people on the mountain and many in Claremont ( the city at the base of the mountain) know this car. Runr Dad...  Hubby Ray is a lifelong runner... presently in a wheelchair from  a driver hitting him as he walked along a road in Kenya last month.  6 broken bones and 1 unhappy guy.  I couldn't get his wheelchair up the canyon road to our house today. We'd been off the mountain when the storm hit... staying somewhat uncomfortably at my studio while he recovers. This has been an exciting summer to say the least. Lots of outside the house cleanup that will just have to be put on hold.
No quilts lost.


Beth Stanton said...

So glad that you are ok, Patt.

BJ said...

Patt, So sorry about this whole mess for you and also for your husband's injuries in Kenya too. I hope things go enormously better for you really soon. I have signed up for a class from you in Houston this coming October. God's blessings be yours. Betty Jo Tatum