Saturday, August 31, 2013

Not Again!

Picture taken 18 August 2013
Picture taken 30 August 2013
Sunday, August 18 as we drove to and from church we took some pictures of the river and of the CBN compound, in commemoration of the flood that devastated our CBN compound and Sahel Academy as well as the neighborhoods near the river.  We were heard to say something like, "The river is low enough, there's no danger of flooding this year." I even wrote a blog  just a week ago comparing last year and this year.
18 August 2013
30 August 2013
 Thursday it rained hard from about 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  John measured 1.7 inches of rain in his rain gauge (I'd like to know what the official measurement was for the day.)  This was a huge storm and so the river received the run-off from a large network of streams and wadis that drain into the Niger River.

Thursday morning the river was 542 cm and by 8:30 p.m. it was 590 cm.  Around 6 p.m. I was still at the office when Jon, our Interim Director, told me that he had just gotten a phone call that the dike north of our riverside properties had been breached.  He called a Crisis Management Team meeting for later that night.

It was decided to work through the night (they called it quits around 2 a.m.) to fill in the drain holes.  On Friday they worked all day to build up the berm around the gate at Sahel and to finish filling in the berms that had been built inside both campuses.  The work on the berms is almost completed, but there was some work still being done.

By yesterday afternoon, the river was up to 615 cm.  Just to put it in perspective....last year's crest was 618 cm. We feel that we have shored up everything the best we can and that we are in a safe position with our berm in place.  I also wrote a blog on the berm that you might want to look back at.  We do not expect either of our campuses to flood like they did last year.  We will get seepage because of the proximity to the river, but we should be able to handle that with pumps.

This morning the river was down to 601 cm.  But the river is finding its way down its natural flood plain and is coming around pretty close to Sahel.  Today teams worked on putting sandbags around some of the neighbors' houses, trying to prevent them from losing their houses again this year.

Please pray that the river will not rise any higher.  Pray for the Nigeriens who will/already have lost their houses in the flooding.  Praise God for bringing us through last year and for giving us an engineering team and then two engineers with the wisdom and skill to put a berm in place.

1 comment:

meyersonmission said...

How discouraging! Praying the waters quickly recede without further damage.