No way to get anywhere near the ship. The Marina parking lot is totally covered with fast moving water.
Any vehicle trying to cross would probably be swept away (except Kenny's duce and a half).
I can't upload a moving video but this water is moving quite rapidly. It is making a roaring sound.
A different view. The road around the boat shop is covered as is the one behind it leading to the LST parking lot.
Remember the intersection of Water Works Road and LST Drive?
The Marina sign is going under as is that tall stop sign.
Current here is very swift. A boat would be in trouble here.
This sign is now totally under water. (from our previous post)
Remember the houses off the port quarter? You could dock the LST in their back yard now.
Notice the ship's pilot house is higher than the second story of the house.
(sorry about the camera, no good telephoto)
a cropped view. I'll bet our neighbors are getting nervous.
I wish I could get to the ship and paint a line on the pylon at the current barge level.
It is very close to the top and would make an interesting conversation starter this summer when the river is at pool.
But, unless I can fly a helicopter, no way.
You can see why we had to abandon ship. Some offered to stay to keep watch over her, but if something happened or there was a medical problem, there would have been no way to reach them. Thanks for the brave offer though.
The ship appears secure and safe at this time.
I understand one of the Marina employees that is staying there is keeping a close watch on the ship.
He will alert us if there are any problems. For now Johnathan has the watch.
The National Weather Service Paducah currently expects the river level to peak out on Saturday and remain there for a few days.
You can view the prediction graph on
We will advise when it is safe to return to the ship.