The Chasm(s) Revisited
There were certain promises made that Scenic Highway in Pensacola would be reopened by the 30th of June, so of course, when I got there in early July, one of the first orders of business was to check the progress. I already knew it wasn’t finished, but I was interested in seeing how they would fix it. I thought perhaps they would just make a bridge of that portion of the road.
We set off down the railroad tracks, since they haven’t been letting people walk up to the holes lately on the street. From this vantage point, we could see the new, much larger drains they are installing . . .
. . . as well as the retaining wall that they are building . . .
It was much more exciting to look at when there were huge holes and vehicles in the bottom, but seeing how they are building the soil back up and creating retaining walls was fascinating. Later on we were able to walk up to it on the highway, and we could see that they have filled the holes up to the height of the retaining wall. I didn’t get photos of that, though, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
One of the most exciting developments is still the new beach the storm gave us. Escambia Bay’s shore has been disappearing for most of my life, beginning with one hurricane or another, so a little bit of beach showing up is wonderful. It looks to me as if it is growing, too.
For some reason last night, as I posted this, I wrote that the Clay Hills of my memory were demolished by this storm. That was not true at all; they are still there. However, this storm did wash a lot of the clay from the nearby terrain out onto the sand, where it is drying and curling.
As fun as it was to explore, it was a hot, hot day (102, according to my car), so soon we turned and walked back down the tracks, past the spot where my grandmother’s house once stood, and back up to my mother’s house.