In the wake of Hurricane Irene and the followup storms Jose and Katia, the area I live in experienced torrential downpours and flooding for several days running. The erosion impact of the attendant surge on suburban creeks and streams has been pretty ugly, but not (I thought) devastating, until I noticed this closed road near my house in Northern Va.
That’s right, the creek washed out the bridge and most of the road.
It doesn’t appear to be over yet, in fact.. this road has major cracks in it that are on a bed of red clay.. One more tropical storm like last week, and this is all going to slide into the creek bed.
Same view from below
Smile everyone, it’s the holocaust
Check out the silt build-up…
Tree roots exposed by the bank washing away
Given the events of the previous week, this sign seemed both poignant and gently ironic..
It’s amazing how much power is locked up in water, isn’t it?