The year 2015 is drawing to a close.
This time of year, my wife and I vacation with my parents and sister’s family in South Florida. It’s so beautiful down here this type of year…and it’s one of the times my family all gets an opportunity to spend time together. I feel pretty fortunate that we got along with one another. I know there are many families out there who don’t for one reason or another (which to me seems especially tough around the holiday season). So, our departure back home is looming on the horizon. That time when we have to start thinking about travel plans; start packing; shipping home a few things we don’t want to carry; and soaking in the last bit of vacation we can. It’s really tough to leave this time of year. On one hand, it’s nice to be around with my family on the holidays. Very comforting for me. On the other hand, we have a great place to stay and it’s difficult leaving the warm weather, the plush palm trees, and the beauty of the ocean.
It would be an understatement to say that the weather here is typically much more pleasant than back home in Illinois. This year is no exception. While typically this time of year the Midwest is facing near zero or below zero temperatures and possibly a winter storm or two, this season has seen some fierce torrential rains and severe flooding in the area. I’ve only hold heard reports from local media as well as photos on social media about the local flooding but have not experienced it first-hand yet. Sounds like it’s the worst flooding they have had since anyone can remember. Thankfully our house seems to be holding up OK so far. It also sounds like the upper Midwest got hit with rain, sleet, snow, and ice as well.
Heard some terrible news last night. I was getting ready for bed last night when I managed to catch a Facebook post from a friend. Cindy Dexheimer (aka Cindy Young) was a classmate of mine in High School. She and her boyfriend Rob Gordon were killed when they tried to cross a flooded area in their vehicle and drowned.
“Floodwaters left behind after three days of heavy rain continued to threaten central Illinois on Tuesday, causing the drownings of two Edinburg residents in rural Christian County.
The deep water, brought on by 3 to 6 inches of rain falling between Saturday and Monday, also damaged more than a dozen homes in Kincaid, put Dawson’s water plant in peril and endangered homes in Riverton.
Christian County deputies discovered the bodies of Cindy Dexheimer, 46, and Robert E. Gordon II, 49, in floodwaters about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday in the 1200 block of East 2200 North Road, which is about 6 miles east of Edinburg.
Autopsies conducted in Bloomington showed both died of drowning, Christian County Coroner Amy Winans said. Toxicology results are pending.
It appears Dexheimer and Gordon were trying to cross a flooded area and drowned, said Christian County Chief Deputy Bruce Engeling. There was no evidence of foul play.
Family members reported the two missing, and police used location services via their cell phones to find them, according to a release from the Christian County Coroner’s Office.
Police on Tuesday were continuing to search for a white Dodge Caravan the two were last seen riding in. Engeling said police searched the area in a boat and walked the shoreline, but had no luck finding the vehicle. The search will resume as floodwaters recede.”
I’m still a bit shocked and stunned. I played it out in my head…imagining what they must have gone through. It pains me.
My heart goes out to Cindy and Rob’s families. I know it doesn’t mean much but I dedicate this post in their memory. May they both rest in peace with the angels.