The ARC is Taking On Water AGAIN!
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Photos courtesy of Cynthia Doherty, Andrew Mallek, and Cody Morgan
June 6, 2019
Hydrological Prediction for the Mississippi River at Grafton: Crest is now expected for the next days to be at 35 feet but there is rain in the forecast.
June 3, 2019
Hydrological Prediction for the Mississippi River at Grafton: Crest is now expected Thursday, June 6 at 36ft (2.8 feet lower than the 1993 record) but there is rain in the forecast.
May 31, 2019
Hydrological Prediction for the Mississippi River at Grafton: Crest is expected Wednesday, June 5 at 36ft. (2.8 feet lower than the 1993 record)
May 29, 2019
As of this writing, the Mississippi is expected to crest at 35.5 feet on June 4th. This will result in about 4-5 feet of water in the ARC. We are going to make a last-ditch effort to rescue stuff from the ARC today. We could use any type of truck or utility vehicle to carry things to dry land.
Since there is already water in the building, it is advised you bring waders or high boots. This is the last day we will be able to do this, so your help is needed. Thanks in advance.
Per Dave Doherty, President
May 12, 2019
We had another work day at the ARC. Today there were five of us working ... hard . The three Doherty boys, Pat Rebert and Bob Murray. A couple guys who’s plane is next to Don’s stopped by and offered to help for a while. I gave one a shovel and asked him to help clear the east sidewalk of cornstalks and corncobs. The other fellow was given a broom and set to work helping Don. They left after a while and gave us some much needed assistance. The crew set to work moving stuff to the west side of the hangar section and raising the hinged interior wall on the east side. The east side floor is now ready to clean.
The conference room is finished and disinfected for the most part. Both bathrooms are ready for their final cleaning and disinfecting process.
On the outside, cornstalks were shoveled away from the big hangar door and the sidewalks were power washed.
Considering there were only five of us out of the eighty or so chapter members, I think we got a lot done. Well done, fellows!
Some of us are going to be working on it Monday from about noon till sundown. Again, we could use more help.
If anyone gets a chance, come out for a while and lend a hand, even if it’s for a while after work. I know a vast majority of members have to work for a living and don’t expect much turnout during regular working hours. Perhaps after??
May 6, 2019
At 11:30 PM Monday (5/6/19) water level was 32.04 feet.... So we currently have around 6 to 9 inches of water inside our building. Thanks to all the people who helped in the mad scramble to raise things and load what we could to get it out of there. We’ve rented a 10’ X 30’ storage locker, and it’s pretty much full. Cabinets in the kitchen were pulled and taken by truck (rented) to the storage site. Many other items were moved to storage, raised onto concrete blocks and/or put on tables. Let’s hope the river has crested, or is near crest. Once waters go down, we’ll have a monumental task of cleaning things up. It’s not just a matter of hosing down the floor. Walls will have to be opened up, cleaned and disinfected. Not a pleasant thought. Hang in there, folks. We all knew it was bound to happen someday.
See the NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction for the Mississippi River at Grafton