Friday, September 2, 2011

High Water

The waters from Hurricane Irene flow into tributaries, then into large rivers like the Connecticut River, before eventually arriving at the ocean.  In Hartford, the flood waters peaked on Wednesday.  The riverfront in Hartford has been engineered to provide safe places for the water to spread out during floods.  After the waters drain away, we are left with parkland for people's enjoyment.  I have shown some of that here and here.  This week the waters peaked on Wednesday at 24 feet above sea level (four feet being normal).  As you can see, no significant damage occurred here, though flooding elsewhere in the state has been bad.

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31 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

As soon as I saw this picture Jack, I wondered if it was the same bridge that you'd shown previously. Isn't that incredible, I remember at the time thinking 'surely there's no way the water can get to that top level, and here we are, how very, very interesting, well it's interesting now that the worst is over! Thanks for showing this Jack, hope you have a quieter weekend.

brattcat said...

So glad it wasn't worse in Hartford.

Malyss said...

Impressive flood! living in a dry place, i'm always scared to see such pictures. But i'm also impressed by the cleverness of the way the things are built, in order to avoid disasters.

JM said...

Really impressive! And what a great photo on top.

Pet said...

It looks like great for kayaking to me!

Birdman said...

She was a powerful lady who picked her spots. Some amazing images of the East Coast and VT.

joo said...

Good to see that damages weren't to bad!
Lovely photos, especially the first one!

Regina K said...

Hartford has a great system for high water. Kansas and Missouri are still working to achieve a better system.

Sharon said...

It sounds like your city has a great system for moving flood waters. 24 feet above is huge! These are great photos!

lizziviggi said...

Thank goodness your city has a system in place for situations like this. It's a beautiful spot, either way!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I hope that the waters will soon recede and life will be back to normal. Although Hartford was spared somewhat, a hurricane is disruptive when it tears through your town and floods your waterways.

Bises,
Genie

Sylvia K said...

I am so glad things weren't any worse and, yes, hopefully life will get back to normal -- whatever that is these days! Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend, Jack!

Sylvia

Steffe said...

Every time I see what these hurricanes can do I realise how lucky I am to live in an area where we don't get this kind of weather.

'Tsuki said...

Hurricane Irene seems to have been quite a violent one... The flood is very impressive.

cieldequimper said...

Did I hear something on the radio today about another one on its way?

RedPat said...

Great shots Jack! Glad everything worked out okay.

Lois said...

Watching all the flooding on television has been just unbelievable. I'm glad Hartford got through it fairly well Jack.

Dyche Designs said...

Looks like they have a good system in place, great shots.

jennyfreckles said...

20 feet higher than normal is massive! It's good that they have ways to disperse the waters and protect the town.

Kate said...

Many worried folks must be thankful that the water peaked where it did. Flooding creates so much havoc!

VP said...

Something happened, but I guess it could have been much worse...

Virginia said...

I hope you had your pants rolled up J.
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James said...

Great shot! This really tells a story!

Dianne said...

Amid the minor flooding Jack you have taken these wonderful captures - all calm and serene now!

Randy said...

Great shots Jack and the reflection in the first shot is nice.

Kay said...

These are amazing shots, Jack! Drama and beauty in one package. And I'm mightily impressed that your city is engineered to handle floodwaters as well as it does. Hope you stay dry.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

It looks to me like the city planners thought this problem through quite well.

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

I'm with Oakland Daily. You must have great city planners. Oh how I love to look and learn.

Carolina Mts said...

I never knew of these plans to keep Hartford safe - good thing!

Nathalie said...

Good news! Proper engineering and planning really makes a difference, doesn't it?

Halcyon said...

Impressive! At least the water has a place to go.