The commute home yesterday was the most eventful I have had since moving to Atlanta… of course I have a feeling yesterday was the most eventful commute for anyone living in Atlanta in quite a while.
I left the offices at 3:30 to “beat the traffic” so I would make it home at a decent hour, knowing it was going to be bad. I turned right out of the Parking Garage and went down the hill, only to find the underpass six feet underwater and a red car attempting to make it through. Notice I said attempting because as it got near the center of the underpass the car stalled and the helpless… dare I say stupid… driver had to get out and wade back to the shore (sidewalk). I told Tom Tom to find an alternate route and it turned me right, along the back side of our offices. Immediately my car was in two feet of water, but with no where to go I continued. Slowly making my way around back roads, often having to turn around due to rivers running over the road, I found my way to an on-ramp for the interstate.
Where I was Stuck (I'm About Fifteen cars back)
I was thinking, surely Atlanta can effectively manage the interstate road, however I was quickly proven wrong. The second I reached the top of the on-ramp cars were at a dead stop. No more than twenty cars ahead of me was a lake the size of a Football Field where the Interstate use to be. Knowing there was no where to go the guy in front of me put it in park and got out, so I followed suit. We chatted for a while and attempted to take some pictures, although in a torrential downpour this is not such a great idea.
My View of the "Lake"
After nearly thirty minutes a state trooper made his way back to our section and had us all reverse direction. That’s right, six lanes of traffic all slowly turned around and faced the other way. We then drove back to the on-ramp, much to the surprise of cars just attempting to enter it, and made our way home on back roads. It took nearly two hours of commute time as opposed to my usual 20 minutes… and I was one of the lucky ones.
I know several people who had to move out of their flooded apartments and into a hotel last night. I know the media director for a very large church in Atlanta and his sanctuary was three feet underwater (picture below).
An Atlanta Church Underwater
A Local Apartment Complex (via a friend)
Caved In Road