We’ve noticed that many of our Facebook friends have mentioned having “Snow Days” at their schools this year. Today, we had a “Flood Day” as our co-op classes were canceled due to excessive rain and flooding.
This is unusual for us here because we normally don’t see even a drop of rain in the month of February. I can’t remember ever seeing even more than a few sporadic clouds in any of our prior 4 February months that we’ve lived here in San Juan. We’ve seen rain here since January 30th and since Monday it has been fairly steady and at times heavy. The weather people mention “El Niño” as the cause. I’m not sure about him or “Mother Earth.” I prefer to just stick with “act of God” since He is the only real “Weather Man.”
Anyway, streets are flooded all over the cities in this region, the highways are treacherous due to standing water, excessive speed (it’s chronically incurable here), poor maintenance (bald tires aren’t flat so people drive with bald tires), and variable levels of driver competence. Our family that comes from the camp to co-op classes knew they couldn’t get through the muddy road. The rest of us realized the driving, streets and highways were laden with water and risk. So…”Flood Day” it is. Ahhh…a cup of hot coffee…blueberry muffins…leisure reading of the news. Life is better when it rains!
I believe the rains will finally taper off tonight and hopefully we’ll dry up enough for the shower to drain properly (it always backs up when there’s heavy rains) and the local phone lines will dry out so that the land line phone will work once again. The lines obviously need repair somewhere in the system, since our phone always stops working and acts like it’s off the hook when we get heavy rains. So glad we have a dry home and that last summer we had a new coat of sealant applied to our roof. It’s already cracking a little but is holding back the moisture just fine (as far as we’ve noticed).