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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Cast your umbrellas away! The storm is past.

After the stormWhen 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

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May 18, 2006 10:14 PM | Permalink for this comment

What happened 70 years ago?


May 18, 2006 10:33 PM | Permalink for this comment

A big ol' rainstorm, apparently. Hurricanes cause coastal flooding up here, but heavy rain made lots of streams and rivers overflow and that was the real problem.

Doug Muder:

May 20, 2006 09:47 AM | Permalink for this comment

From southern New Hampshire (Nashua), it's not too bad. The Nashua River flooded the park (Mine Falls) next to where I live -- and there are going to be some very surprised carp when the flood recedes. But the city is in good shape.

I've got a new camera, so I've been prowling Mine Falls Park for wildlife photos. I showed a picture of some brown weasel-like thing to my friend the naturalist, and he said it was a mink!

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