|Photo: Chris Granger, Times-Picayune|
I was hoping to go for a swim on Thursday when a deafening clap of thunder caused me to leap out of the lap lane for the ladder. The lifeguards cried out as a bolt of lightening flooded the sky. That was the start of a two-day deluge. I tried again later that afternoon, but gave up on swimming as the rain continued.
On Friday, we experienced 5-1/2 inches of rain! There were as many as 700 lightening strikes in the span of 15 minutes, the Times-Picayune reported.
I got e-mail notifications of canceled meetings, closed schools and other consequences. My graphic designer and I made use of the time to have a phone meeting while she was trapped in her car waiting for the water to subside.
I was scheduled for a noon lunch date at a Magazine bistro, but my companion called to say she wasn't sure if she could make it through the flooded streets. Peeking outside, I noticed my own street draining nicely, but the power had gone out at the restaurant a few blocks away. Well, let's wait an hour and see if they reopen before we reschedule, I said.
She called in a bit after finding another eatery with a functioning kitchen further down Magazine. We gladly sloshed over there and found it full of diners. Nothing can keep us Louisiananians from a fine lunch!