It’s 9:04pm and if you’re looking for news about the flood, I don’t have any. I just got off the phone with Dan Repay, the executive director of the Little Calumet River Basin. He’s the man with the answers when it comes to floods.
The triple whammy hit around here today.
That’s a perfect storm for flooding. I started the day at 5:15 am with a Facebook Live video from the banks of the Little Calumet River. It was storming, windy. You could barely see me through the water spots on the lens.
“Authorities have closed Northcote Avenue. The river is rising. We’ll keep an eye on it throughout the day,” I said.
And we did keep an eye on it. My show this morning was almost all about the traffic snarls due to standing water and potholes. We talked with Repay twice on the air. I interviewed in studio Mark Knesek, the town of Highland’s operations director. And I spoke in studio with Munster town councilman Dave Nellans. We were all over coverage of the possible flood.
And now, it’s 9:12 pm. and my sister just texted me.
“Big sandbagging effort at Alta Vista and Hawthorne. Fire trucks have been there for about an hour.”
My response – “Send Jack (my nephew) and Mark (my brother-in-law) to do a video.”
But my sister hasn’t let up. She wants me to go out there and do a Facebook Live video to calm the people of the neighborhood. Is this my responsibility? I am sitting here dry and content typing to the three or four of you. I’m sitting on my bed. There’s yellow, warm light coming from the lamp on my nightstand. The house is relatively quiet except for my daughter taking a shower. Alexis watches the Olympics.
This is not a scene from which I want to extricate myself to go stand on the muddy banks of the Little Calumet River or Hart Ditch. The weather forecast calls for 100% chance of rain for the next three hours. I will be wet and energized afterwards. I won’t get to sleep until past midnight.
But I will go. I am starting to move my legs. Slow movement, fast typing. I am sorry that this will be cut short. I miss our time together.