As you may know, the PNW has been the focus of some very odd weather this winter.
First was our very unusual dry December, one of the driest on record.
Then some snow--in areas of Washington lots of snow.
And then the rain...
and more rain...
well I think you get the idea.
All this combined to fill our rivers and create flooding.
One area hit particularly hard
(but not as bad as some previous years)
was the Willamette Valley,
so named after the river that flows through it.
Here are some photos several days after the peak of the flooding
in the northern section of that valley
(south of Portland, north of Albany)
I had wanted to visit here for quite a long time;
just not under these circumstances.
an island known for being a prime agricultural area.
Water on the road, water to the side of the road, water everywhere--
I hope the farmers here don't suffer loss.
Ferry crossing--but not today, for obvious reasons.
Can you see where the actual loading for the ferry is?
In the Ankeny NWR area, there is another ferry--
but due to the high water and road closure we couldn't get close enough to take photos.
Every bridge we took over the Willamette showed just how flooded the river is.
Along the Willamette on the way to the Independence bridge
(SW of Salem)
we heeded it--all day long
time after time after time...
Sadly the flooding has brought tragedy to some families.
I pray that God will comfort those who have known loss this month.