As I drive home to the higher elevations in the near distance, for the first time I am thankful. In the winter so much of the time I dread what awaits me. The temperature is usually up to 10 degrees colder and the snow twice as deep than the valley. During storms the power and water outages are at best an inconvenience. But this time high ground is a blessing. The rains have caused the waterways to rise too high to be held. And there is flooding. But not in the higher elevations.