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Edie Reports From Inside The Flooded Yosemite Valley

| May 16, 2005

Got an email from Edie who is trapped in the Park.

“Housekeeping camp seems to have gotten the worst of it.
Once worker here told me he was wading in waist-deep water
evacuating campers.

There’s a scramble to get housing for the night–not sure
where they’re putting people up. ”

She also posted earlier on her LiveJournal blog:

“I was pretty sure this would happen; The valley has been closed to all incoming and outgoing traffic due to flooding. Nothing near the floods of 1997, but Sentinel bridge is awash, and the roads leading in/out of the valley are under water. We had warm weather Saturday and Sunday, and heavy rain this morning. As a result, the snow pack (at 170-180% of normal) has melted very fast. The Merced River is a chocolate brown, and today at noon I witnesses a large tree floating very fast down river, roots and all.

People seemed to take it in stride–after all, there are worse places to be stranded. Several campgrounds had to be evacuated, and efforts have been made to find housing for them.

I took a series of beautiful shots with my cell phone camera, and stopped by the Ansel Adams gallery to see if they could print them for me. Nope. Going to have to wait till I can get out of the valley and hit some of the drug stores in the area.

One shot was of Yosemite Falls in full flow, with the sun shining through clouds. Another was of clouds creeping aong the face of Glacier Point. I’ll see what I can do to get them online. I can’t promise much, we are talking about a low-rez image at best.”

Keep your feet dry, Edie.


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