Jan Risher and her family have lived in their house on the Vermilion River for five years. In the time they have lived there, Risher says the water has never been this high, and that's including Hurricane Rita in 2005.
The past year saw a mild winter gave way to a balmier-than-normal spring, followed by a sweltering summer and high temperatures that lingered into the fall, all punctuated by extreme drought and intense storms.
As we look toward the New Year, many of us will be taking time to reflect on the past 12 months. We will reminisce about what we did wrong, think of what we could have done right, and consider what we can do better in the coming year.