Welcome to Rockford Beach (Flood of 2008)

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Comments (18)

Mara Rodriguez on March 28, 2008

Playa infinita quizá? Mi dios!

Marilyn Whiteley on March 28, 2008

Bad situation but beautiful shot, Ryan. Those wiggly reflections are wonderful! Marilyn

Ryan Calhoun on March 29, 2008

Marah, muchos lugares llegaron a ser las playas hasta los ríos se normalizaron.

Marilyn, the river is dammed at this park, and the level drops suddenly about 5 feet. I think that drop is the reason for the stronger current and swirls in the water, even a few hundred yards away from the flooded dam.

Thanks for visiting! Ryan

Dann Cianca on March 29, 2008

Floodwaters are still high, eh Ryan? Bad news is that over the next few days, more severe weather is expected in the area. This time, however, it might be more of a tornado threat. :(


Ryan Calhoun on March 29, 2008

No, the flood has been finished for about a week. This was the 20th (the first day of spring). Actually a really nice day, except that Highway W was closed at both ends.

We had thunderstorms and large hail two days ago, and the forecast for the next couple days is 3-4 more inches of rain. After last summer, we really need this rain, but it would be nice to avoid the tornadoes this time.


Dann Cianca on March 29, 2008

Yeah, best to avoid tornadoes unless you go out looking for them purposely ... and we prefer those to be away from infrastructure. ;)


Ryan Calhoun on March 30, 2008

I don't have to drive too far before coming to flat open area where tornadoes have done real damage in the past. Just in December of last year, there were lots of places in Missouri and Illinois, within driving distance, that had visible tornado activity, and we were fortunately only on the edge of the system that hit Tennessee.

With all the hills in the area, we usually don't worry about tornadoes. It's possible for them to touch down, but they can't really stay touched down very long. Considering floods as well, that's a couple good reasons to live in the mountain foothills. That is, until it snows and we can't make it up the driveway. :)


Dann Cianca on March 30, 2008

Ryan, torandoes can and do touch down in the mountains ... even with significant tracks. It's always best to be wary. ;)


Ryan Calhoun on March 30, 2008

Alright, Dann, tell you what. If I get hit by a tornado, I'll give you a dollar. :)

Dann Cianca on March 31, 2008

... if you get hit Ryan, I'll send you a blanket and some bottled water. ;) Keep an eye out today.


X. Paschen on April 1, 2008

Again, great shot, the "melting" reflections give this pic an almost surreal atmosphere.

Greetings, Xenia

Ryan Calhoun on April 1, 2008

Thanks Xenia. Since you say "melting", it makes me think of a large pot of melted chocolate swirling around. And it was rather surreal to see such familiar sights so radically changed like this.

Dann, no tornadoes, not even any hail. How disappointing. But we might set a record this year for rainfall. Only three months complete, and we are already over our average annual rainfall total.

Greetings, Ryan

© LK Kelley on April 3, 2008

This flood is really sad. I haven't yet had the chance to go on the AR River to take photos. All the locks and dams are fully opened.

May M. B. (Swissmay) on April 3, 2008

Ryan, I am so sorry to hear and see about the flood! After all it got really bad. I do hope for all who are affected by it, that it will stop raining.

My best wishes, May

Ryan Calhoun on April 3, 2008

Thanks Kim and May. It was a high but very localized flood. Thanks to a new levy in Valley Park to the northeast, most of the places that were flooded are places that always get flooded. The only major damage was done in Pacific to the northwest, and there's a lot of drying out and cleaning up to be done there. It's been raining so much the rivers are still high, and the baseball and softball seasons are postponed in several nearby cities because the fields are still under a few inches of water. Everywhere else things are returned to normal, and even the rain is supposed to stop tomorrow.

Greetings, Ryan

Manfred1220 on April 3, 2008

Ryan, With pleasure I would feel welcome, but there I would like to wait another week! Different than in America we did not have any cold and very little snow here in Vienna in this winter and at last also little rain.

Greetings, Manfred

Ryan Calhoun on April 3, 2008

I agree, Manfred! Even after the water goes, everything is still covered in mud. And the constant rain makes more mud. This park will probably be a soggy place to visit until May.

Greetings, Ryan

Ryan Calhoun on April 5, 2008

Thanks Billy. Yes I see what you mean, wood grain. Actually I'm surprised to see any reflections as all, considering how muddy the water was at the time.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 28, 2008
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    by Ryan Calhoun
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
    • Taken on 2008/03/20 15:31:33
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 85.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/13.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash