Homegrown Sweetcorn

It is that time of year and I think this year’s crop is one of the best.

July 2010 Flood

To sum it up from our vantage point, a lot of hoopla about not much of nothing.  Unfortunately, we rushed down on Saturday to get our boat out of the river what with the official forecasts having the river rising 6 feet in one day.  Well, my spouse slipped at the boat ramp and severely broke her left wrist.  Bones displaced and all.  Our boating season is over.

Clinton Showboat

The Clinton summer theatre troupe puts on musicals here at the Showboat, which is actually a paddlewheeler sitting on shore.  It is a nice summer evening adventure:

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Houses on Stilts

We have noted that the most flooding occurs just downstream from the dam.   The further downstream one is from the dam, the less the flooding, at least in that pool.   So the worst place to be is just downstream from the dam.

Our pool 14 is about 30 miles long.  The upstream dam is 30 miles north, north of Clinton, Iowa.   That is lock and dam 13.  Lock and dam 14 is just south of Leclaire Iowa.   Our cottage is about 1/2 mile upstream from lock and dam 14.

When it floods, it is not as bad at our cottage as it upstream in pool 14.  Clinton is pretty well levied so the next spot where it comes out is just south of Clinton north of Albany, Illinois.

(There is some thought that levees in cities actually serve as a funnel to send the water downstream and make the flooding worse downstream.)

So the houses on the shore north of Albany, Illinois are up on stilts.  Here are some shots I took from the boat.