This blog was created for USASTRATCOM Long Lines Battalion Army personnel who served in Taiwan during the 1965-72 time frame. Specifically, those who lived and worked in and around Taipei are the target. If you worked at the Grass Mountain or Gold Mountain facilities or anywhere in downtown Taipei, we would like to hear from you. All are welcome to visit and contribute to this blog. Your comments and pictures are encouraged.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tropical Storm Debby, Tampa Bay Area, Florida, 2012

This post may be interesting in itself. Its contents couldn't be more timely.

The next posting will be about a tropical storm from 1968 in Taipei.

Map from Tampa Bay Times, June 26, 2012

For my wife and me, this was a refresher course as to how much rain a tropical storm can dump in such a short time.

After less than 24 hours, the storm had deposited about 11 inches of rain at our county airport.

By the next day most of what you'll see in these pictures was absorbed by our sandy soil.

This was our neighbor's front and side yards. Notice the water level on the condenser.

Our neighbor's back yard

Those bushes you see are on our property.

That white chair is propping our patio door open. This we hadn't planned on!

We had our little submersible pump working. Here, the water level is creeping toward the sliding door which leads to our bedroom.

Fortunately, that's as close as it got. Shortly after this picture was taken, the rain let up significantly.

Photo from Tampa Bay Times, June 26, 2012

This picture was taken in a mobile home park community about 10 miles south of us.

These two men are doing everything we are told not to do when there is a flood.

First, the water probably contains raw sewage. Secondly, there may be downed power lines nearby. Finally, we have a lot of poisonous snakes that love high water.

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