The flood waters have dropped below 12 feet, putting us under the 12.2 feet "major flood stage" level. We offiously enter the flood stage at 9 feet, which is between the 2 and 5 year flood flood stage. We broke 9 feet on June 9th--26 days ago. Durring that time, the river has moved almost 200 billion gallons of water at an average rate of 7.4 billion gallons a day or 20 million gallons every 15 minutes. At 8.33 pounds/gallon, that means every 15 minutes, 86,000 tons of water goes by and since the start of the flood, 807 million tons of water. That's a lot of water :) The highest flow rate of the Rock River where we are was during it's crest, hitting 105,000 gallons every second. By comparison, the Nile River, on average, discharges 750,000 gallons a second; the Mississippi River 3.4 million gallons/second and the Amazon River 58 million gallons/second.
Pictured is the stage at practice this evening. Tonight we blocked out act II of the play. I have a nice list of things to do once I have time to spend in the theater. I picked up the theater key at break during my English class, so I just need to schedule some time.