We are, as of this writing, so happy that no homes and no persons were harmed by the floodwaters in Iola. That is something to be thankful for. Like most of life, the last 10 days have been full of ups and downs, and not just with the river crest predictions.
With every new prediction, different plans were made. Things were placed up high, then boxed up and taken either out of homes or taken to second stories. Furniture was moved out. Then moved back in, then moved higher, then taken down. Homes were cleaned only to have the prediction of the river flooding homes again. Then the river started receding and people moved back in. Emotions were high. But help was ready.
Now the cleanup begins. And the reality of the flood water is not in the past for our farmers. The Humanity House Community Garden crops are a total loss. It is devastating to us that the 7,000-plus pounds of food that we are able to grow and distribute to children, the elderly, disabled, and those who are ill will not happen. I spent the week helping move my mom in and out of her house, worrying about her. I looked the way of the garden because it is right out her back door. But for the most part, I put it at the back of my mind.
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