The week after a long weekend is always a trial, but I’m bravely soldiering on.
I live about an eight minute drive from Ellicott City, Maryland, where all the terrible flash flooding is, and it looks like it’s going to rain again. Main street there is kind of a small valley; when you check out the shops and restaurants, you walk down a hill then up again. So the water from their small river (almost a creek) flows fast downhill and stays there. I’m worried that all those businesses won’t be able to rebuild again, including my favorite French restaurant.
In happy news, tomorrow I’m taking an overnight getaway to a spa hotel in Baltimore. I’m going to spa it up all day, have wine and dinner in the fancy bar, and sleep. (It’s a practice run for my new dog/house sitter.)
That Ellicott City flooding is insane! Every few years it seems that entire downtown gets completely submerged. And a National Guardsman drowned saving a neighbor (who was saving her cat): https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Body-Found-After-Ellicott-City-Flooding-483960471.html
I saw that. It’s both sad and gives me hope for humanity.
WHAT?? That’s disturbing. I thought you lived in Atlanta, or Missouri? My parents live in Ellicott City and once I had a birthday dinner at Tersiguel’s. (I assume that’s the restaurant you mean. But it’s at the top of the hill, so probably safe, right?)
It was awful enough when this same “once in a generation” flood happened two years ago. They got just enough time to rebuild and relax — I don’t know what’s in the cards for Ellicott City’s future. That town is like 250 years old, though, and it’s flood-prone buildings have survived the whole time, meaning at least half a dozen floods — so maybe we should keep calm and carry on?
In other news, I ate a giant salad at lunch and then it was “Pan-Asian Day” at work so they put out a giant chafing dish of kalua pork. Long story short, I had two giant lunches and am experiencing discomfort. I need a ginger ale, stat.
I lived in Boston until last year, now in Maryland. Sometimes in the winter I’m in Florida. It confuses people!
Tersiguel’s is indeed the restaurant I’m talking about! My sister has also had a birthday dinner there. We have been known to walk around Main Street in Ellicott City as an excuse to end up at Tersiguel’s for lunch. And champagne. They are probably fine, just lacking customers right now.
Are your parents still living here? My understanding is it’s only Main Street in that little valley that has the terrible damage. I don’t think there are as many residences as restaurants and shops.
They still live there. They moved to Ellicott City in 1995, so by now I’ve visited, like, twenty times.
Oh my god what’s happening with all that rain? Is there a meteorological explanation?
Last year they said it was a “once in 1000 year flood.” That’s one reason everyone is so freaked out.
It managed not to rain last night, just a lot of fog this morning. There’s another flash flood warning for the county today after 2 pm, I think thunderstorms. Part of US 29 was flooded over before, we’ll see if that happens again.
I don’t think the storms are unusual, though the amount of rain is. I could say “climate change” but I don’t actually know. Could be a fluke? No idea.
I’m currently engaged in what is probably my all-time favorite activity: airport drinking. My flight leaves in 2 hours – hopefully. It’s been pushed back twice. It’s like, wow, Wow Airlines, I have this trip planned to the hour, I can’t roll into Reykjavík 2 hours late.
Oh I love airport drinking too. Nothing like a late flight as an excuse to imbibe!
I hope you have a spectacular time in Iceland. 🙂
In case anyone want to know how to help Ellicott City:
Donate by texting “ECStrong” to 71777
Donate to the Ellicott City Partnership: http://visitoldellicottcity.com/ec-partnership/donate/
The money goes to rebuilding businesses and residences in the flooded Old City area.
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