So... I'll provide some background information: I live in a small town called Chillicothe. It is located north of the city of Peoria. Chillicothe is linked to Rome. The town sits on a large river, the Illinois river. The Illinois river starts in Chicago and dumps into the Missisippi river. We get about 2-3 minor floods, 2 moderate flood, and 1 major flood every 10 years (ish). Right. So last week it decided to rain 8 inches in Chicago. Other areas along the river also got similar amounts. We got 7. Now as the water flows south as it dumps into the Mississippi River, more water gets added to it. A lot of it. Most of it is runoff. However, Chicago for some fucked up reason is dumping shitloads of water into the river. I mean shitloads. So to keep Chicago dry, they are helping the flood down stream where I live. Yay. Right. So my parents also own 4 (yes, you heard right), four (4) houses, guess where two of them sit? Right by the river. In Rome. So I ended up missing school today because I had to move shit out of them and sandbag them. The National Guard is here to aide in flood relief, and they had shitloads of sandbags, thank god for that. The other two houses are not by the river though. One is in Chillicothe while the other one is in Wyoming IL. This house is safe, thank god.. Right. I went canoeing in my back yard today. Soon I may be able to whip out the jetskies. I decided to take some pictures of the current damage: The two properties sit about 50 yards back, while the other one sits about 100 years back. It will be several feet under water by the time I type this: The river has come up significantly since I took these shots. Lets just say my day sucked.