Not far from where I live, there’s a storm water facility that doubles as a habitat for water birds and is also a pretty pleasant park. Well, because of the heavy rain (see my other post about it here), it flooded. And I took a video!
It was quite the scene when I went down there. But this is the purpose of the pond. It provides a place for storm water to go, and prevents flooding at street level in the neighbourhood. Many of the newer neighbourhoods have this kind of planning. Smart idea, isn’t it?
Around my home, the rain suddenly ended. I was quite surprised. It’s warmer now, too. There’s blue sky to the west, which is a good sign. As for the flooding, I was in for a surprise. The first picture is next to my apartment. It’s usually about 4 metres down to water level. It’s now almost cresting. The Hikiji River, which I mentioned before, is also very high. More than halfway up to the street level. I’ve never seen the rivers like this before.
Now, I’m waiting at the train station. All lines are stopped at the moment. Not sure when they’ll start.
Things just got serious. There are evacuation orders for Fujisawa around the Hikiji and Sakai rivers, mainly closer to the ocean. It does not affect my area, though I live somewhat near the Hikiji River. As you can see with the forecast, the rain is 50 mm/h. That is incredibly heavy! No wonder there are flood warnings.
Anyway, all of this should be over in the next hour or so.
As a Canadian, I love to talk about weather. I guess it’s because it’s so changeable in Canada. Here in Japan, it tends to be more stable. Summer days are hot, sunny, and humid. Winter days are sunny and cool. But spring and fall can bring rain with some instability. September tends to be quite stormy with typhoons coming through (one coming next week). Last Saturday, we had quite the storm. Take a look. Keep watching, especially to the second half of the video. I was very surprised about what happened.
I love a good thunderstorm. It’s one of my favourite kinds of weather. What kind of weather do you like?