Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The River is Rising

Smokey and I decided to check the level of water in the Arkansas River which divides Tulsa east and west. The 21st Street bridge just up the road almost disappears in the rain.

I hobbled around in the rain taking pictures while Smokey wisely stayed in the car. I covered my camera with a bandanna until I snapped the photo to keep my new camera dry.

We had the place to ourselves. I guess most people had the good sense to stay out of the rain. Click to enlarge panorama of the river from South to North.

Back in February I posted an interesting photo of water flowing over the low water dam just North of the pedestrian bridge on the Arkansas River. After more than a week of heavy rain the water level is much higher. Here is a sort of before and after of the low water dam.


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

That poor little duck's feet must be paddling madly in order not to go over the weir!

You really have had rain this week - my heart bleeds as we have basked in sunshine (which makes a change).


Elleona said... [Reply to comment]

En effet, je me souviens de la photo de février !
Mais là après le déluge des derniers jours, la rivière est bien pleine.
Toujours pas la pêche...

Zhu said... [Reply to comment]

Look like Canada in the spring when all the ice melts!

Is it like that every year? The water level looks really high to me!

Tulsa Gentleman said... [Reply to comment]

Zhu - It is not unusual for the river to fill up after a week of rain, but it takes a lot more to push the river over the banks. I live a block away from the river but my next door neighbor who has lived here for over 50 years tells me that we have never flooded.