AND THEN WE SAW IT WAS A BEAR - this afternoon, 6/9/08, in the flooding Fox River. And not just any bear! It was the famed Andrea and Tony Bryant sculpted
bear they recently donated two of as a gift to the city in the Riverwalk beautification of downtown Waukesha program.
So far, the pair of bruins are maintaining their tenuous anchorages beside what was the bricked river walkway, though now far under water. This bear's nostrils are just above the raging current.
Look at the gullies and the whitecaps as the river blasts through the downtown district, wreaking its havoc. Just behind the bear, 100 yards or so, the Barstow street bridge is closed to traffic for fear that it may collapse. The rushing water skims the bottom of the structure. The dam preceding the bridge is just a ripple as the speeding river courses over it.
Waukesha was once known for its water and it is so again, but as before, it is only temporary.