Updated: 05/16/2014 6:01 PM
Created: 05/16/2014 3:59 PM WHEC.com
By: Josh Nichols
With more than two inches of rainfall, Allen’s Creek ran high and as fast as it did when Hurricane Katrina’s remnants came through. The raging water was a good reminder of the importance of flood safety and how our waterways work.
Like many other creeks and streams in Monroe County, Allen’s Creek in Pittsford spilled over its banks Friday morning after heavy and excessive rains during the overnight. For residents in and around the area, the flooding delayed travel where water spilled onto roads, bordering the creek. The flooding meant some cleanup as the waters started to recede.
For students at Allendale Columbia School in Pittsford, the flooding meant an important science lesson could be taught. It was a lesson that included everything from flood safety and how water flow rates and buoyance work, to the importance of waterways in everyday life.
Tina Duver said, “It's a major run off creek, so anytime we get some rain, we get a little bit of flow. This is incredible today. It was really a teachable moment for our students, so we brought them outside and they all stood around the window amazed at the rate of flow and the volume of water. We were just out here two days ago and did an experiment out here with floating boats and got some speed, but nothing like today would've brought, so it was kind of incredible for our students to watch."
It was a good lesson and a powerful visual example of the force of water. Statistically, each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather hazard. More than half of the drownings that occur are from driving through water covered roads, followed by walking into or near flood water.