My baby sister’s husband, as many of you know, has cancer. She has been his primary caretaker for almost six months. My other sister and I decided she needed a break! So, with a little help, and a lot of maneuvering between states, we were able to take her on a small vacation in Branson, and a more extended break in Kansas (though the longer break wasn’t planned!).
(Just like me, this young lady waited hours for a delayed flight)
I flew to Dallas to meet up with my baby sister and drive to Kansas to meet up with my other sister. As we drove and talked, we were enjoying the leisurely drive. However, we kept hearing things about flooding and road closures near the Oklahoma/Kansas border. At one stop on I-35, we inquired about the reports and were ensured there were no problems. At another stop along the same route, a kind gentleman mentioned to us that the interstate near the border was closed. My other sister, whom we were in constant phone contact with, called the DOT for both states and was assured there was no problem, too. Little did we know!
Just before Blackwell, Oklahoma, this happened!
I-35 was FLOODED!!!
We were rerouted beginning before the flooded area in Oklahoma and ending past Wichita in Kansas. We spent over 3 hours in bumper to bumper traffic crawling along at approximately 10-20 miles an hour through small two-lane, residential and commercial, rain covered roads. There were many, many flooded farms, ranches and yards. Bridges we went over had water lapping on the sides. The entire time was nail-biting and stressful.
If you’d like to see actual video of I-35, click here. Point 1:25 is where it starts showing how terrible it was!
We finally arrived in Kansas, then off to Branson. I’ll write more later about our fun (insert sarcasm) at the resort, and our genuine delight around town-and more rain!! Also, about all the tornadoes in the area while we were in Kansas!