I don't know how many of you have heard, but parts of New Hampshire are underwater. We are personally OK. Right now, on NHPR's morning show, there is a person from the Keene area who tells about how local bloggers were putting up home-shot video and very local news reports. Compared to the rest of the world disasters, this is very small fish. However, it has been a lesson, I think, for local types and will probably help the authorities to fine tune preparations for the inevitable events.
When I left home Saturday morning to drive the 42 miles to work, the rain was coming down in sheets. I called home to warn my daughter to leave early and drive carefully to go to her SAT session. Driving back home Sunday morning I couold see how all the rivers were very high, but I didn't realize quite the full extent for a while. Before Mass, there was a teacher meeting for all the confirmation teachers, and we could see what initially looked like a puddle on the lawn - it turned out to be flooding that almost submerged the chain link fence at the property edge. The basement of the religious education building was apparently completely flooded. Don't know about the church basement, though.
New Hampshire rivers are extensively dammed, as they were the main sources of power for the mills back in the day. Dams also have some benefit for flood control, but if the dam is breached, all hell can break loose.
I count my blessings that our house is on relatively high ground. I hope that those most affected by this and the other natural disasters will be aided and comforted by those of us who haven't yet been hit. I think about the floods in South America, the earthquake and aftershocks in Pakistan, the continuing aftermath of Katrina, Rita, and the tsunami.
The rain falls on the just and the unjust alike.
Lord, Have Mercy.