Throughout the day Monday, Barbara Green monitored the weather as well as the Yellow River, which was slowly climbing out of its bed and inching its way toward her back door.
At 2:30 Tuesday morning the river was no longer groggily making its way toward Brown Bridge Road – it was quickly enveloping her home and yard.
"The river’s come up within 4 to 6 feet of the deck in the back yard, but never this high," Green said holding her face with both hands. Green has lived in the home owned by her sister, Theresa Roach, for three years.
Family members then began moving out electrical equipment and heirlooms and placing other valuables as high as they could in the home. Green’s family was able to park cars in the driveway for a good portion of Tuesday morning, but eventually the water drowned any dry access to the home.
Law enforcement and county safety officials soon closed the bridge near her home at 10811 Brown Bridge Road and kept an eye on the water levels.
At 9 a.m. Wednesday morning Green sat in a folding chair in her driveway with a couple of bags of salty snacks. The scene resembled football tailgating but breathed a somber rather than celebratory air. Family members stood watch in a line behind Green in her chair, mostly silent.
"The house is full of furniture," Green said. "It’s moved around some, but it’s full."
Green said the home is not covered by flood insurance.
The sentence caught her breath.
Bright orange graffiti indicates the high water mark in Green’s driveway. Wednesday morning the water rested about a foot below the mark. Around 4 feet of water continued to swirl around the brick ranch.
"I’m just waiting to get back in," she murmured.