For the many homeowners and businesses, including so many local farms, piecing things back together in the aftermath of the flooding, the water is nothing to joke about. But after last Thursday's downpour, some folks couldn't help but make something fun out of a bad situation.
Booth Street, in the Old North End, has been on the city's repaving list. Last week, road crews stripped off the pavement and pulled up the storm grates so the road could be regraded. Before the crews could put the new asphalt down, Mother Nature unleashed yet another watery fury and Booth Street quickly became a lake. With no drains, the water had nowhere to go and pooled along the block-long street that abuts Pomeroy Park.
For residents, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to prevent the pooling, so they might as well enjoy it. Kids brought out their floaties, college-aged folks hopped on their skim boards and at least one person tried to kayak the length of the street.
Photographer Peter Wadsworth, who lives on the street, documented the makeshift lake activities in an incredible series of pictures. He set up some strobe lights and snapped away. Here's a taste of what the neighborhood got up to. Visit the website famousinternetskiers.com to see more of Wadsworth's amazing Booth St. photos.
I'm sure that water is totally not filthy.
The happy, sodden hood...