Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Boat Ride Anyone?!?

The waters have slowed (answered prayers!!), but have not yet stopped. Now it is rising maybe only an inch or 2 per day at most and the majority of the effects now are seen as the water is filling in the little valleys throughout the compound. There is not yet water in any of the buildings (except for the one staff house just outside the compound, pictured below), but it is less than 20 feet from Becca's front door. The river/puddles/ponds/water (whichever you prefer) is currently knee-deep and full of fish in some of the common walking paths are there is no way around it. The garden is now full of water and creeping up from the back, non-river, side of the children's home, which is flooding the septic systems (another prayer request).

They have officially been mandated by the regional councilor to evacuate the property and we were going to do so today, but, due to an opportune phone outage from Friday night till Saturday night, they were unable to finalize an evacuation point and thus have not yet evacuated. They weren't mandated to leave because of immediate danger, but rather so they don't get caught at that point. But now with the waters slowing, they are hoping to maybe re convince him otherwise. Please keep praying for this. There are a lot of logistics and extra expenses involved in evacuation and, as excited as the kids are and as much adventure as they don't already have, it wouldn't be ideal.

Until then, this compound continues to operate as an island. The only way to get anywhere is by boat. Even our neighboring villages are completely blocked by water.

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