Flooding brings destruction, rejuvenation
June 20, 2015
Water and fire share the ability to almost simultaneously destroy and resurrect, a seemingly incongruous characteristic of these two opposing natural forces so rife with symbolism that the Bible makes good use of it. See: Genesis and Revelation. Or, in the case of water, look out the window of Stuart Marcus‘ office.
“Most of the time when I look out my window, I see grassland sloping down to the river-bottom forest,” Marcus, manager of the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, said of the view from refuge headquarters near Liberty. “Now, all I see is water.”
The Trinity River is flooding and has been for weeks. Swelled by a wetter-than-normal spring that over the past three weeks has included record-setting rainfall and the resulting trillions of gallons of runoff, the Trinity, from its headwaters near the Oklahoma border to its terminus in Trinity Bay, has distended to many times its normal size, spilling over its banks and swallowing hundreds of thousands of acres of adjacent land.
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