In our last episode–Thursday morning, you’ll remember, the morning coffee carafe exploded. No injuries, just great surprise. Late that afternoon, I drove into Albuquerque to meet several friends for dinner and we enjoyed a lovely meal on the patio at O’Niell’s on Juan Tabo. Darkening skies and a few large raindrops ended the evening and sent me back to the high desert.
I was surprised to pass three different traffic accidents in the canyon and the farther east I went, the heavier the rain. When I exited the interstate, the road crossing under the interstate was flooded and the power was out. Odd. As I drove north, I was amazed at the flooding on several sections of the highway. Adjacent fields and pastures were flooded or awash with running water. Half way home traffic came to a halt as one of the intersections was impassable. State troopers and local TV stations were set up and one by one, cars turned around to find another direction.
I didn’t have a choice and decided to navigate through some small neighborhoods to a dirt road west of us. The entire area was awash in mud and debris—it looked like a war zone. I imagine it must be what areas look like after hurricane, but hurricanes are not a common occurrence in the high desert of New Mexico.
I consider myself very fortunate Subaru forester was not only an all terrain vehicle but also a bit of an amphibious assault vehicle. We got to half a dozen flooded intersections and when I finally got home, I was pleased it was all in one piece.
The nightly news reported a large storm cell that passed through dumping 2 inches of rain in about 20 minutes, golf ball size hail, and 60 mph winds. My dogs were fine, thank heaven. Of the four windows on the north side, only two were broken.(shattered, screen-Gone). Half the bedroom floor is soaked.
There’s no major structural damage. It looks like the paint on the house was sandblasted as well as everything on the property. I have insurance and I’m sure the damage will be covered. But the castle walls have been breached, and it leaves me feeling vulnerable and a little unsafe. It’s not as serious as so many have suffered, but it’s an awful feeling.
More news as it happens…