Big Flood

May 30, 2013 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The Missus and I drove through Holmes Lake Park last night out of curiosity over just how high the water had risen. At that point—around 7:30pm—the answer was “not all that high”. Portions of the lakeside trail (and a few benches) are underwater, but it’s nothing that doesn’t happen every couple years.

That got me thinking about a memory I have of a huge flood at the park. I very clearly remember the softball fields, volleyball courts—heck, pretty much the whole darn northern portion of the park—being under a whole lot of water. But what year was that? My rough estimate is sometime in the mid-90s. @HuskerInstanity suggested 1993, which sounds about right, though I don’t have any way to verify it. 1993 was the year of widespread flooding across the Midwest, so it’s probably the year I’m looking for. That’s probably also the same year that I remember Beal Slough stretching all the way from Highway 2 on the south right up to the homes on the north.

All this water is great from a certain perspective, but I can’t help shake this nagging feeling that some day soon the spigot is going to turn off and we won’t see precipitation again for many months. That’s what happened last year. Enjoy the water while it’s here.

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George May 30, 2013 at 3:09pm

I would say 1993 as well.  I had just bought a house in P and was driving home when the storm went threw.  I had to cross a bridge out by Hickman and couldn’t because it was over the road.  I know that once I was able to get across it, further down the road was flooded even more and it took me 3 hours to get home vs. 30 minutes.

CP May 31, 2013 at 3:23pm

This week has reminded me a lot of 1993. Well, except that in ‘93 I was not a homeowner and did not have to deal with water in my basement.

Growing up in a farm family there was always too little water, or too much water. It was never “just right”.

Apparently it never will be!

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