Friday, May 27, 2011

The Great Flood - May 26, 2011

I had planned on writing this week about Badger Rock Farm's very first CSA share delivery, which occurred on Wednesday, May 25. And I will (please scroll down for this week's CSA newsletter, contents and recipes). But, I believe it is impossible to begin an account of anything that happened in Roundup this week without first speaking to what happened on May 26. As of this writing, the view one block from my home looks like this:

And this:

The farm, which is a mile away from our home, and also--thankfully on high ground--was not affected by the floodwaters. Our near, more low-lying neighbors, however, were inundated. This is the view from the bottom of the hill, near the farm:
That is Highway 87 that is underwater in this picture. The highway would also normally be visible in the first picture of this entry. Boats are the only vehicle traversing it now, however. Happily, the farm's first CSA delivery to Roundup subscribers happened the night before the floodwaters rose. Billings customers, whose first delivery was supposed to take place tomorrow--May 28--will be postponed for one week. Those subscribers can count on getting this week's veggies, as well as next week's share, in one, extra-full bag, to make up for missing this delivery. I am very grateful for their kind understanding, and am (very) hopeful that floodwaters will be a thing of memory a week from now. Of course, that will only be the beginning of the clean-up effort. My thoughts and prayers are with those that have watched their livelihoods and homes disappear underwater :-(.

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