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[RC] Flooding - Rides 2 Far

Well, just back home from a trip to the store that was quite an
adventure. I honestly didn't realize how bad things were and I knew they
were bad. Barbara...you said you got 7" of rain for a wet April? We had
8" of rain in the last 24 hrs! Couldn't go to the grocery store because
the road was 3' deep in water out front. Schools are closed. The
Tennessee River has huge trees floating along all in it, ramming the
bridges. My neighbor's kids are riding a Wave-Runner in their cow
pasture. Highway 41 between Chatt & Nashville is closed due to a mudslide
which took out the road.  

I am so relieved that they cancelled the 50 at Biltmore. Wasn't *about*
to not show after everyone reminding me that bad weather was such an
experience enhancer...(not to mention they already had my money) but my
biggest fear was driving through the huge roadcut through the mountains
on Hwy. 40 between Knoxville & Asheville. I've heard the Army Corp of
Engineers considered that cut through the mountains to be impossible, but
builders did it anyway. They have periodic rock/mudslides there that
block the entire Interstate for days. There's about a 2 story block wall
with a few more stories of cyclone fence above it to attempt to keep it
from swallowing the road up.  I'd decided that if I went up there I was
going to take the old road which I *think* is hwy. 68. Saw on the news
that a dam in North Carolina has failed and is threatening another which
will flood an area along 68.  More rain is in the forecast...and 65
people are coming down to ride their horses 100 miles. What a sport.


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