There is just so much to write about this week. Here are my thoughts as I reflect back over the last few days.
• Parts of Saline and Dickinson County are looking like a return of the Western Interior Sea. Between 87 and 82 million years ago, a shallow sea covered much of the Midwest. It was probably only 600 feet deep and had a relatively flat and soft, mud bottom.
Does that not describe the farmland south of Abilene?
Haven’t seen it?
Judging from the line of vehicles making U-turns in the middle of the highway and driving 10 miles per hour crossing the Smoky Hill River bridge of Kansas Highway 15, you would be one of the few that hasn’t. I think people were bussed in from Nebraska, like we did heading north for the solar eclipse a couple years back.
• People were four-wheeling in Brown’s Park.
I have lived south of Abilene much of my life and I have seen the park flooded many times. It has always survived Mother Nature. Too bad vandals had to get involved this year and ruin things for all of us.
Those of us that live in the area can be very patient when it comes to Lookie-loos — the Eisenhower Marathon, the parties in the park — but we are impatient when it comes to the trash that gets left behind. That ruins the park for everyone.
• My family has a military history with my grandfather serving in WW I and my father in the Korean War. Those gentlemen would have loved spending a day with their children and grandchildren over Memorial Day weekend, sharing food, playing games and riding motorbikes like we did Sunday.
What I didn’t enjoy was the tiny tick I pulled off my shoulder later that evening. (Just a reminder for those of you out walking in the tall weeds growing as a result of the rain, check all over when you are back home.)
• Milford Reservoir, Kanopolis Reservoir and Tuttle Creek Lake all look like they are about to pop.
Officials said Tuesday that lake elevation at Tuttle Creek was 1,132.8 feet on Monday.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ three day forecast is that the lake will be at 1,135 feet today. Plans were to release 2,000 cubic feet per second starting yesterday and 5,000 cubic feed per second today.
Inflow of the lake was 17,600 cubic feet per second.
The Corps of Engineers reported lake elevation at Milford at 1,170.37 feet with a flood pool elevation at 1,176.25 feet.
Tuttle Creek Dam was constructed following the 1951 flood which reached Kansas City.
Milford Lake was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1954 to corral flooding, help with the water supply, and provide recreation.
According to USA Today, flooding has occurred in eight states along portions of the Mississippi River because of record-breaking spring rainfall, the longest-lasting since the “Great Flood” of 1927. That is the reason the flood gates at those lakes are mostly closed.
• The number of presidential candidates seems to grow on a daily basis.
Back in 2016 I threw my name out there as a write-in after being disgusted with the amount of unsubstantiated negative material being tossed around.
According to the voting that year, Mickey Mouse, Daffy Duck and even Jesus received more votes than I did.
I might think about running again but then I would also need to write a book to sell while campaigning like many of the candidates now.