Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wednesday Afternoon: Of Drizzle and Ducks

After getting organized for a writing project, I decided to take advantage of the not-really-ideal weather and get some photos taken. It rained Monday, almost two inches. Tuesday it was drizzles, but the added up to around an eighth of an inch. Today we're getting snow flurries and something that feels like refrigerated drizzle.

There's a flood warning for the Sauk River. It's the one that runs through town, but the warning is for the Sauk River at St. Cloud.

Down there, at six this morning, the Sauk River was 7.3 feet deep. Flood stage is 6 feet, the crest is expected Saturday afternoon at about 8.6 feet, and the record crest before that was 7.2 feet back on April 25, 2001.

Here in Sauk Centre, there's been the odd pond in streets and yards, and - more importantly - a sort of turf dispute between Hoboken Creek and Hickman Drive (Hoboken Creek won, in the short run). Also, a section of cemetery east of town was submerged. There's more about that in this week's Sauk Centre Herald.

Just north of downtown, the park below the dam is, depending on where you are, cold and damp or submerged. The ducks don't seem to mind, though. It's that season, and there were at least two duck-and-drake pairs waddling around.

After checking in on the ducks and the slightly-drowned picnic area, I went to the Adoration Chapel for an hour. After that - I'll write about that in another post.

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