Where’s a gondola when you really need one?
As I write this I am looking out the window and watching it rain.
In fact, I have been watching it pour for the last hour.
Visibility is about a 1/4 mile or less due to the monsoon and it doesn't look like it is going to stop anytime soon.
Streets are flooded, ponds are overflowing and farmland looks like, well, ponds. Sadly, there were some homes in Barnwell County that looked like islands Monday afternoon.
The Noah's Ark jokes got old about a month or so ago.
My husband is a rural mailman. He is not amused by the flooded roads and coming home each day half soaked from reaching out a Jeep window. He's used to it happening every now and then, but this summer has been relentless.
A friend of mine watched crawfish going across her yard. As she noted, "When the waterbugs are looking for higher ground, you know we are in trouble."
Getting a accurate handle on exactly how much rain has fallen in Barnwell County and specific areas within the county has been difficult as there are no "official" weather recording stations in the county.
According to Emergency Preparedness Director Roger Riley, a grant has been received for a weather monitoring station. Barnwell High School will install it and maintain it. However, we may all be benefitting from that in the near future.
A look at the National Weather Service indicates we have had over 40 inches of rain this year and that is 10 to 20 inches over the normal, depending on the area of the county.
Fashions for the first day of school had to include a raincoat or umbrella. Some local stores also are selling rain boots - a hot item these days!
When I was in my 20s (yes...a long while ago), I had the opportunity to be in Venice, Italy, where the streets are really canals. Gondolas are poled along the canals, taking their passengers to their destinations. And yes, there were a few small motorboats that puttered in a totally no-wake zone.
Maybe we can learn a lesson or two from them.
I suppose local gondoliers would look more like Duck Dynasty stars in hipwader camo. Or maybe like shrimpers in bright yellow slickers.
This week they looked like saviors in police/fire uniforms. Thanks, guys!
I wonder what a Lowcountry South Carolina gondola would look like? Would it be a flatbed pontoon or wedge canoe? Motored, poled or paddled?
As long as it floats, we're good.
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