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I realized the flood waters did this… but it wasn’t the water, it was the debris being carried by the water. Branches, trees, even cars must have floated down the streets, slamming one by one, over and again, into the signposts, bending them over.
The author is wrong in this assertion. I was the water. If it gets high enough to apply a good moment the water can do a lot of flattening. There are pictures not of signposts but of parking meters being flattened from the 1946 Tsunami that hit Hilo, HI.
I had a friend whose house got washed away in Katrina while he was in it. The water got to 20 before the wall blew out (height of window on stilt house). He dove out the wall. Floated among the tree tops. Eventually, he found ground. The water had stripped him naked. He was at least a mile inshore from where his house had been located. But the point is, just wind driven water had stripped him of everything that wasn't flesh. The debris didn't do the flesh any favors but the water stripped him.
A friend of a friend who lives along a what is normally nothing more than a creek feeding into the Mighty Susquehanna once told of how terrifying it was to hear the boulders grinding downstream in the floods Irene kicked up. What I remember being an attractive little chasm that was fun to walk in is now a gaping canyon. One used to be able to cross it on any of several fallen trees (like I said, it was 20 some odd years ago). Now you'd need grappling hooks and rope ladders and some serious fitness.