July 28, 2014

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Ivan the Terrible

It's been five years since Ivan took out his fury on the MOV.

A friend of mine suggested that there was a five year anniversary coming up this weekend.

Has it really been five years since Hurricane Ivan came through and dumped it's rain on our area?

For those who don't remember, Ivan took a turn to the north and barreled up the Midwest, heading for Canada... but then stalled as it reached approximately Pittsburgh.

For hours, all that rain continued in the MOV and drained into the Ohio river.  Where the Muskingum and Ohio rivers joined, it all backed up.

That was the beginning of the end for our quiet little weekend.

Overnight Friday, the waters drained into the major rivers, and by Saturday morning, the rivers were out of their banks and rising steadily.

The early morning hours gave a preview to the flooding that Marietta was going to endure.

Many people claimed they didn't have any warning what was coming, despite tracking the Hurricane for the entire week prior to that Friday night.

And the heavy, heavy downpour that arrived Friday  was unmissable.

[For at least one couple, Ivan struck twice... having ruined their honeymoon in the Caribbean and then coming north to soak their town.  But they had each other.]

And it also means that we all pulled together.  Many helped move merchandise higher, out of the way of the flood waters... but not all were so fortunate.

Many lost their trailer in the flood plain.  Many lost merchandise.  And some wooden floors and planks were ruined, warping and having to be removed.

It's not often that this combination of factors comes together to flood a community.

But Fall of 2004 was one such time.

And Ivan was terrible.

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