Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Cast your umbrellas away! The storm is past.
When the clouds finally parted late yesterday afternoon, the sunlight felt almost like a new experience. People in Boston were smiling. (Think of it.) Field trips and tour groups had sprung up throughout the day like mushrooms in the Common as if they'd all been hiding in the underground garage. And cast-off umbrellas were everywhere. This one was at the intersection of Prospect and Harvard Street in Cambridge; the puddle reflects both the blue sky — hooray! — and the building across the street that just so happens to house the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
Elsewhere, of course, the flooding left terrific damage. News reports say it was the worst flooding in 70 years in the Merrimack Valley. More than 1,000 homes were damaged in southern Maine, and flooding streams and rivers left numerous roads and bridges impassable.
I have not yet heard how the various UU churches and properties fared in the storm. If anyone has word from North Shore, southern New Hampshire, and southern Maine congregations in the flood zones, please feel free to post a comment and let us know how it looks up there. What a storm!
(Oh: Please fold up your broken umbrellas and neatly dispose of them in the conveniently located trash receptacles. There's one right there at the left edge of this picture. And, um, no, I didn't think of it at the time. I just took my picture and went merrily on my way.)
Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 17 May 2006 at 8:49 PM