I had to share the latest with the Ross Ranch. We are drowning here in “Andi” country, which makes Family Secret, where Andi nearly drowns in a flooding creek, so real! It could happen just the way I imagined and wrote it. Very scary, those real creeks. Some of them are overflowing even the roads and we just got an alert: STAY HOME. Do not drive on flooded roads. Do not drown. Yes, very scary indeed.
Here is a video of their dry creek (a drainage runoff, really) flooding enough to ride the rapids. This is truly a dry bed 90% of the year. In fact, their grandfather hooked up a pipe (near where you can see the big drain pipe) so the ducks can have a little water to swim in, even in the winter. Not now! It’s crazy!
Thanks, Ellie, Julie, Susie, and Kristi for these entertaining videos, three in all (since there isn’t a lot else to do when the rain and wind simply will not stop). Keep reading for a raging creek video that pictures Andi’s fall in the creek exactly as I imagined it.
Family Secret “real life” raging creek.
I meant to include this video before posting but the auto-scheduled messed up. So I am adding it now. You can read the scene from Family Secret below this 14-second video. I saw this raging water yesterday and said, “This is it!” Muddy, roiling, and racing down to the valley faster than you think. Very dangerous . . .
Andi did not land in the mud this time. She lost her balance, tripped over a low-lying bush, and fell backward. The shock of icy water tore a scream from her throat.
Terror slammed into Andi’s mind as quickly as the swirling water closed in around her body. This creek was not the worn-out, muddy trickle from a month ago. It was a wild, raging flood. It slashed at her arms and legs when she tried to stand up. Her feet were swept downstream. A branch struck her face.
Flailing her arms, Andi broke the surface and gulped a breath of air. In that brief second, she realized she was traveling fast—faster than anyone could run. If she didn’t reach the creek bank soon, she’d be well on her way out of the foothills and into the valley.
There would be no rescue. Troy wanted her out of the way, and he’d managed that pretty well. Besides, she was so far downstream by now that he probably couldn’t catch her even if he wanted to, and she was sure he didn’t.
Andi found the strength to pull in one more breath of air. She was losing the battle. She couldn’t see anything but the foaming, muddy water. She couldn’t hear anything but the roar of the creek devouring her. God, please—
~ from Andrea Carter and the Family Secret