Friday, October 24, 2008

Skywatch Friday 15




This is formerly the town of Instanter, PA. It was flooded and turned into East Branch Lake. The level is now so low that you can see the foundations of the former homes and businesses that were located there. The water level at the lake has been reduced because of concerns that the dam will fail. They are currently drilling to see if that fear is happening.

Just an update: I went to the pain clinic on Tuesday and the doc said he couldn't help me and sent me right to the ER. They collapsed a vein trying to get an IV started. Finally got one going in the back of my hand to get the pain meds pushed in. OUCH!

I'll be leaving for the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday morning and have no idea how long we'll be there or what they'll do. My laptop is dying, so I might not be able to update while we're there. I'll try though. :)



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23 Comments:

Blogger Aileni said...

A melancholy scene - this happened in Wales a few times. Then they export the water to England - it is sore point back home.
I hope you aren't punctured too much or kept away by either clinic or laptop.
Good luck.

6:39 AM  
Blogger Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Gretchen! Happy to hear from you. Was worried. Hopefully the pain the ER caused helped to give you some relief. Hopefully the Cleveland Clinic will be able to figure out what is wrong and fix it.

This was an interesting story about this town. I feel sorry though for the people who used to live there.

Take care of yourself. Lisa

7:00 AM  
Blogger bobbie said...

Isn't it amazing, and sad, how a town can be wiped off the map in that way. I sometimes stare out at the water in Cape May, trying to picture the whole section of town that is buried there.

We will be thinking of you, and praying for good things for you.

7:13 AM  
Blogger earthlingorgeous said...

Oh my! I hope you get better soon! Wow that looks like drought but nice shot indeed. Visit my SWF too. I will appreciate Thanks!

7:21 AM  
Blogger Webradio said...

Interesting story about this town !
Nice phot, too...

I hope You get better soon...

Have a good day...

7:29 AM  
Blogger Reader Wil said...

Dams are just as vulnerable as dykes like those in Holland.
I hope your pain is getting less than before. Did the ER hurt you much? Hopefully it can be fixed all together. I hope your laptop won't crash.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Coloradolady said...

very nice photo. Melancholy yes, but is refreshing and different. Happy SWF.

9:58 AM  
Blogger raccoonlover1963 said...

Hello Gretchen. I just wanted to stop by and thank you for checking out my blog.
Sorry to hear that you are suffering from migraines. I know that they are a royal pain! I don't get them, but I have a friend that gets them all the time. She can't go out in bright daylight without being in excruciating pain.
How long ago did they turn that little town into a lake?
Lisa

10:04 AM  
Blogger Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

I hope you feel better soon... I can feel your pain... it's not fun feeling so sore as you do... I will pray for a speedy recovery!
{Hug}
~Michele~

1:43 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Salty said...

I am a little saddened when I hear about lakes that were once towns; I think about the families that had lived there.

Your experience at the ER sounds awful; I hope the pain clinic can find out what is wrong and can give you a diagnosis. I have been praying for you.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Mama Zen said...

Gretchen, I so hope that they can figure out what's wrong and fix it!

2:46 PM  
Blogger Kahshe Cottager said...

It looks so dry in the foreground it is hard to believe that there was ever anything there! The sky looks so blue in contrast.

I am sorry to hear you are in pain .. I hope you get relief soon.

Thanks for dropping in on my blog!

3:19 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I will be thinking of you...and saying a prayer that the Dr's will find what's up with you. I hope your weekend goes well, and you find some relief!

5:51 PM  
Blogger Willard said...

An interesting, but sad post. Even in beautiful places like Shenandoah National Park and Cades Cove, it makes one sad to think of the families that were evicted to make the parks possible.

I am sorry to hear of your problem and wish you the very best and hope that the clinic can find some way to help you.

7:31 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

That is fascinating....I've heard of flooding towns before, but to actually see the foundations at the bottom is sort of creepy.

11:12 PM  
Blogger ~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

That sky looks like it goes on forever! I hope Cleveland holds some answers for you!

12:14 AM  
Blogger D said...

This is an interesting photo and story. You have lovely pictures here. I'm so sorry you are in pain and hope your visit to the Cleveland Clinic provides some relief. Thank you for your visit and comment on my blog. :)

9:48 AM  
Blogger Bradley Myers said...

Good luck Gretchen and I hope all works out well.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Salty said...

I wonder how the residents felt about giving up their homes. I know some families from around the Raystown Lake area that still harbor hard feeling about having their land taken.

You ask about the location on my SW post, Sidling Hill Mt. Fulton County Pa. The shot was taken looking east from where the Texas Eastern pipeline crosses.

Best wishes on finding help with you pain.
Salty

8:42 PM  
Blogger Arija said...

That is a sad sight indeed. To have people relocated fron an historic spot for the sake of a lake and then to see thelake fail in this way must be heartwrencing to those concerned. We have a few reservoirs where the old settler townships were moved to higher groud, and although the people were relocated into new houses the soul of the town was lost.

11:52 AM  
Blogger tr3nta said...

THis sky looks great... You have an UFO on your sky... :-)

12:25 PM  
Blogger gnometree said...

Interesting story to go with an interesting photo. Thanks for sharing

10:07 PM  
Blogger Dina said...

A very eerie sight.
Dear Gretchen, be well. I'm so sorry you are hurting so.

4:28 PM  

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