Monday, August 22, 2005
Flooding in Moldova -see comments for updates or to ask specific questions
Last Friday it seems Moldova, and many other parts of Eastern Europe, experienced enough rain to cause extensive flooding in their area. Below is an email from Olga in Chisinau. As we get information we'll post it here in the comments section. Thanks for your prayers for the people we know and love as they continue to pray for the lakes and rains to hold and as they begin to clean up from such an event.
Now everything seems to be ok after the flood. None is affected or damaged. But Dorel and me were in the center of events when the flood started to show up. It happened that we had 3 and 4 times more rains per month in August, therefore some of the big lakes broke up and they were coming toward Chisinau. I assume that the authorities knew that but didn't informed the people in Chisinau or in the surroundings. Dorel and me were on Friday morning in Gratiesti (the old party of the location where transitional houses are) at a small wedding party of one young couple from Jesus Savior. Their house is in a valley so it started to rain again, because a day before rained a lot, and big waters were formed but didn't damaged anything yet. But on Friday when it started to rain again we saw next to this couple's house a huge river of waters that were directed to another lake in Gratiesti. We tried to get in the 4-Runner and go to Chisinau, but... the waters were so huge that we couldn't drive, if we would the waters would take away the car together with us. It's God's direction that we didn't try to get against the waters.... it was such an experience!... you can't imagine because I didn't believe either it was happening in reality with me. So we managed to park the car in the small yard but there was no assurance it won't be damaged or taken away by the waters. At least there was a small fence. In this time the waters were becoming huger and huger and very strong, like a big river coming down from the mountains. We didn't know what was happening. We, the groom and the bridegroom, the other quests left the house and went toward the back side. In the back of that house is a cemetery with a high stone fence... we climbed the fence on a ladder, went through the cemetery and hid in the house of one of our friends that is on a hill. We continued to pray. And it was a miracle that the waters came down after about 3 hours and we could get the car out of the yard, undamaged! It was unbelievable! Because the waters were so big and so close to the house! But when we got to Chisinau after 3 hours the other lake broke down and the waters reached Posta Veche, where we live and CERI's office is. CERI's office wasn't reached but the 16 floor- building and many others got waters inside in the basements, we couldn't get into the house, but stayed in CERI's office for few more hours... kept calling Dorel's dad who was inside the 16 floor building, to know what's going on.The waters here reached more than 1 meter, I guess more than 40 inches. We got home the same night but didn't have any power and couldn't get any info what is going to be... one of our relative kept calling to inform us. They told on TV that there was another danger for a different lake to break - the largest one in Moldova! It didn't happen this and hopefully won't! But as far as we know 3 lakes has broken that day. Many parking places in Chisinau were affected - cars damaged, houses destroyed, goods taken away, shops, groceries and open markets damaged. We saw these all with our eyes, not heard from anywhere! I don't know still if there are any people dead. But it was absolutely His grace that protected us! For this and everything else we are very thankful to Him, our Father and God!