T.S. Debby

It’s Thursday already.  Almost one solid week of Tropical Storm Debby.  But it’s over.  Yippee–we didn’t even lose power while she sat out in the Gulf causing mischief and mayhem.  Debby did eventually shut Old Homosassa down when both the Homosassa River and Mason Creek went over their banks and flooded streets and houses.

Most of the rain and wind came on Sunday. On Monday the tide started rising.  Tuesday morning we rode our bikes to check out Old Homosassa.

The street was closed to the county boat ramp and MacRae’s for obvious reasons.

 

This is “The Freezer”, one of our local bars.

We drove our truck into Homosassa Springs to get provisions (beer and wine).  While we were never told to evacuate, the county did close the streets that night.

“Downtown” Old Homosassa

 

I think this rooster came from Crystal River, it’s extreme size and color can be attributed to the Nuclear Power Plant.  And then it swam here with the high tide. Scary.  Almost as scary as zombies or a clown possee.

 

This is the intersection at Hancock Road and Mason Creek Rd.  With a canal from Mason Creek on one side of the intersection and the canal from the Homosassa River on the other, the water was a few feet deep.
Our neighborhood signs are swamped.

 

The boat was high and dry.
The garden shed barely escaped being flooded.
The view from the “sun” room.

A few of our neighbor’s were AWOL so we watched their houses while the tide crept up.  Couldn’t do anything about it–but we did watch.

Steve and Kathy’s backyard. Ray’s floating dock looks like it is sitting in the middle of a lake.
Paul and Sue’s place was surrounded by high water from the canal and all the rain.

We were still getting a little rain on Tuesday evening but it was pleasant enough to sit in our screened room.  We have an eastern view so have lovely sunrises.  But some evenings we get a reflection of the sunset–it only lasts a few moments.  We call it “The Glowing”.  This evening it was particularly beautiful due to the gray skies and high water.

Wednesday morning we had a little more rain and then lots of sun for the rest of the day.  Terry, Maggie and I rode our bikes down to MacRae’s to check things out.  A reporter from Bay News 9 was doing his report in the middle of the flooded parking lot.  Weather guys need to stand in water.  Glad it wasn’t Jim Cantore!

The Shed may not be open for a few days.
Motel looks empty, too.

 

The boat ramp.
The other side of the river.

It’s over.  We did see the American Red Cross Disaster Relief truck, a few electric and cable trucks, and a “restoration” expert so some were not as fortunate as us.  We still need to clean up the flood and wind debris from the yard and do some pressure washing, but we know that it could have been so much worse.

“Fit for Life” Failure

I am a dieting failure.  All it took was Courtney, Addison, Kendall and Debby.  The first three being small people that invaded my space for four days and the last a large tropical storm sitting off of the coast beating us with bands of rain and wind. Housebound, we had no choice but to watch Disney movies and eat a lot of popcorn.

Here’s some pics I took yesterday morning and afternoon.

Maggie wanted to go for a walk and that turned into a swim! Creeps me out to walk through standing water so all shoes were sent through the washer and Maggie’s belly was sprayed down when we got home. Sent Courtney directly to the shower! Next time I’ll have on my boots!

 

The floating kayak dock is not normally higher than the boat dock. Will be interesting to see how high it can get! We think that the yard must have been underwater during the night because of the mulch on the pavers.
Water over the dock step. Hasn’t been like this  since we were hit by a freak early tropical storm in 2006 and the storm surge flooded the yard.

The water continued to rise and I snapped these photos about 6:30 between rain bands.

The view from our seawall
Maggie likes the water this high. She can easily pull her own ball out of the water when she tosses it in.
Looks like neighbor Jeremy and Roxie are walking on water.
The water from the canal has come up the neighbor’s boat ramp and flooded the yard. The last time we had water in the yard, the plants died since the water is brackish. Looks like I’ll be doing some new landscaping.
The boat is up as high as possible.  Safe for now!

Debby still hasn’t decided quite where she wants to land and now the weather guys are saying she won’t make landfall until Wednesday evening.  I’ll put pictures up of the Homosassa area on Thursday.