Minot, ND. Flooded. I live there. Obviously my writing has been put on hold to move belongings to higher ground and make way for a less than modern way of life. I washed my hair in a tub (just like you see kitchen busers use at a restaurant) and used the same water to "bathe" myself before driving to work. It took me 30 minutes to drive .3 miles this morning and a total of an hour to get to work. A normal trip to work takes roughly 10 minutes; maybe 15 minutes on a bad day. There is only 1 way for me to get to work and I have to take that same route home ... when everyone else is doing the same thing. Life will be hectic for a while and honestly, I hate it.
I would love to work on my ebook right now, but all my material has been shoved in a tote and moved upstairs and I don't know which tote. Every item that was in our basement is now resting on the main level of our house; the 2 bedrooms are packed from wall to wall as is the dining room and the living room.
Things could be worse. Our house could've been flooded. By the grace of God's dry hand, our house remained safe. The water rose about half way up our street, but a miracle created an island, maybe more a penisula of our home. As of today, no water in the basement from moisture in the ground. I pray it stays that way.
My 2 cats - my babies - were escorted into Watertown, SD to stay safe and dry. With the numerous water main breaks (one of the 1st also occurred on our street THURSDAY of last week) there is a boil order in effect and people are being asked not to use water unless in an emergency situation. Fortunately, a neighbor has given us free access to his outside faucet to fill up a jug so we can - ahem - flush the toilet and attempt to bathe. With 2 less mouths to water and 8 less feet running around getting on top of EVERTHING there is a slight chance my sanity will return before the water fully recedes. The total of 14 hours I spent driving actually helped my mental status, too.
I am back to work and it actually feels magnificent. I now have something else to occupy my mind and I'll get a paycheck one day.