Thanks to the Meramec River, the water topped Interstate 44 completely. Manchester Road, an arterial street I use almost every day, became the detour. It was strange to see the road filled with huge semis, and all the extra vehicles backed traffic up badly. Southbound Interstate 55 was also briefly closed, as well as many of the major cross streets close to the river.
Usually at the beginning of May I'm washing the winter coats and clothes and putting them away for the year. However, the past two days I wore my lighter coat when I went out to run errands. It was so chilly in the house that I finally broke down and turned the furnace back on.
The rain ended last night after dinner. This morning when my alarm went off the sun was shining and the birds were chirping. The first thing I did was turn off the furnace and open up a couple of windows. It felt like the dawn of a new day.
Five years ago today: A Peony For Your Thoughts