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Re: flood

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  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] flood
  • From: Theresa tchessie1@sbcglobal.net
  • Date: Sun, 01 Jan 2006 15:31:25 -0800
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Well- storm #2 has likely plowed through David's area by now as it is now arrived here. Really windy! took down all the hanging pots, bird feeder, laid my poor blue hibiscus down (likely too late however- was already half yanked out at the root by the wind), braced a small false cypress that was leaning. My citrus trees leaves are being broken by the wind- so they should look like heck when this is all done. I did manage to get out first thing this AM and get all the rest of the leaves up from the street and sidewalk around my house, and in front of the 2 other storm drains across the street. Hope DF didn't get much more rain- things are not good in his area after the last batch yesterday.


David Franzman wrote:

Well that was ugly! This whole county looks like a huge lake. I just had 3' of water rush through my greenhouses again. The force was so great that the driveway which I just put down weed tarp and 4" or gravel has been scraped clean...weed tarp not to be seen. The doors to my greenhouses have been smashed in by floating debris. I have 6x6s, tool cabinets, 50 gallon drums (full), sheets of plywood and other debris right now up against the gh's. The 6x6's battered down the doors. We have them going in front of the gh to keep other stuff out. We are leaving all of it until tomorrow and it will act as a barrier to any more floating stuff when the next storm hits tomorrow. In addition to that we have layers of mud on the ground inside. Behind the gh's is, as I mentioned, a raging torrent of a very small creek. It's only about 10' across normally but right now it must be going about 30 mph. Of course you wouldn't be able to see a difference where the creek is except the speed of the flow. Unfortunately I forgot to bring a camera but tomorrow I will. I expect that most of the water will have receded already but it'll show the debris piles.

All of the plants are fine. This year we were prepared and everything is on tables that exceed the height of the water. Again there was some structural damage to the houses but it could have been a lot worse. The larger houses's plastic is still intact. I can't close any doors right now because of the force of the water and flotsam that is in the doorways. As I left the property the water was just below my knees. You could boogey board if you had one. It has never been this high say the folks who live here and have been here for over 20 years. 9" of rain within 36 hours on top of the 12" in the last two weeks.

The poor folks who live here came within an inch of water coursing their their homes. One of which was just completely remodeled with wood floors. Their horses had water up to their bellies in the fields at 3 this morning. There were drowning chickens, and sheep that had to be moved and I sincerely hope this has taken care of my rat problem. Where poison didn't work perhaps the wrath of God did.

As far as my house is concerned we had rivelets of water going through our garage which I've never seen before. We were out at 2am trying to dam the water and divert it to no avail. Nothing major though.

I should add by the way that neither my gh's or home is in a flood plain. This is just what happens when you get the amount of rain we have had in two weeks. Those areas that are in a flood plain...such as Guernville are under water with the water still rising. They will be 14' above flood stage by this evening. Below is a link to an MSNBC news article about it. Check out the photo that's about what it looks like on my property.


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