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High Water Everywhere


From today's Asheville Citizen-Times:

"The Swannanoa River was returning to its banks Thursday morning after washing over much of Biltmore Village and many businesses upstream. The river crested at Biltmore at 19.2 ft., making it the third-highest crest in the rivers history. It had reached 26 feet in 1791 and 20.7 in 1916."

The Swannanoa  River at Biltmore Village is a couple hundred yards from my house.  Thankfully, those few hundred yards also account for a significant change in elevation, so my home is high and dry ... but still without potable water or power (the substation is still under the river).

Maybe I can work on some Charley Patton licks . . .

motmot (Tom)

Glad everything's ok...  as I was reading the most recent posts, the quote generator spat out these in a most oracle-like manner:

"I'm so blue, my house got washed away. And I'm crying 'How long 'fore another payday?" - Barbecue Bob Hicks, Mississippi Heavy Water Blues

"Black water risin', Southern people can't make no time. And I can't get no hearin' from that Memphis gal of mine" - BLJ, Rising High Water Blues


Glad to hear you've weathered it well so far, Tom.  My two sisters in Florida and their families have just been through two hurricanes, and it looks like a third may be on the way.  So far, so good, I think, but the turn the southeastern weather has been taking recently is kind of gulp-inducing.
Re your subject title in this thread, I was just thinking how in two different Country blues songs that exist in a Part 1 and Part 2 format, Charley Patton's "High Water Everywhere" and Garfield Akers's "Cottonfields", part 1 is tremendous, and part 2 is . . . supernatural.  I wonder why they turned out that way.  Just happenstance, I guess.
All best,

I feel for ya, Tom. Having had our basement flat flooded twice this winter due to heavy rains and antiquated sewer systems here in San Francisco, we now have to move out for several months while the entire sewer system of the house is renovated and fitted with a check valve to prevent any further backflow. High Water Everywhere, indeed.
All for now.
John C.


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