THIS morning the skies opened and dumped about an inch of rain on Long Beach in the space of an hour. But by the time I left for work the weather had calmed down. “Ah,” I thought, “this looks easy”. Then Ev rang to say that there’s a tornado warning for Long Beach and could I hang around? Hang around for what, exactly? The tsunami? A couple of minutes later the warning was switched to Orange County which actually was hit by the tornado. Anyway, after assuring Ev that in case of a massive tidal wave I’d make sure to save the cats regardless of how drowned I was, I set off for work. Mistake…
This is Ocean Boulevard coming up to Bayshore Drive. I don’t think I encountered flooding like this in Wales. Well, I probably did, I mean after all it’s Wales, but I can’t remember the last time I drove down a road that was so lacking in… um… what’s that word… oh, that’s it: DRAINS.
So me and the Mini made it through that one, only to face this a few minutes later:
Almost the entire length of Ocean’s run through downtown was flooded. Driving through this is sort of fun (especially trying to manipulate the camera, steering wheel and gearstick) but it suddenly struck me: I don’t think Minis are made for this. But the little bugger made it through and I sped down the rest of Ocean to the freeway exit.
Does anywhere in this city have drains? But I was on the freeway, revving up to 75, flying along without a care in the world! Until I came to a dead halt. For even the bloody 710 was flooded - not that I knew that until I reached the water about a quarter of a mile and 30 minutes later…
So with that flood behind me I sped up in another desperate attempt to make it to the office only for (you’ve guessed it) this:
If you listen carefully you can hear me starting to whimper around the six-minute mark. After making my way slowly through this one it was plain sailing (pun intended) to the office, even if it took me two hours to go 40 miles. The 710 was closed soon after I got to Glendale, so it looks like I’m on the 605 going home tonight.