I got the car to within three and a half blocks. There was some dry ground on which to walk, but a lot of wading in water up to the crotch was required. (I hope my shoes recover-- they are my old stand-bys.) Did I mention that the air temperature was 37oF? Anyway, when I got to the appointed spot a city employee on a front-loader told me that Dick and Heide had already been evacuated. He took me back to my car.
Without going into a lot of dull detail, I can report that Heide and Dick did arrive at our house. We are so thankful that we have space to accommodate friends in need of assistance. They have no idea how long it will be before their home is habitable again. Flood recovery typically takes time.
Meanwhile, we are enjoying their company, and the company of JJ the Wiener Dog.