We’ve had a lot of wet weather the last week or two. And even though we need it, it’s all coming down at once. Like several inches in an hour or so.
Last night/this morning, we had another one.
I went to bed around 1 AM or so, and nothing had happened yet. And then the lightning and thunder started. About an hour later, the Husbear woke up with the feeling that something bad was going to happen. So he went downstairs to look outside. Our home was surrounded by water, and it was starting to come in the back door.
So much water was coming down so fast from the ridge behind us that it had jumped the embankment behind the house and water was pooling on the back patio. We wanted a swimming pool, but not there. As the water kept getting deeper, it started to seep in under the back door.
So the Husbear and I grabbed shovels and rakes and went outside in the deluge and lightning to dig the embankment deeper in an effort to stop the water from coming over the top. It was like fighting Class III rapids. And maybe a Class IV at times.
After about an hour of doing what we could, we decreased the level of flooding in that area, and channeled it away from the back of the house as best we could.
There is another “ravine” on the right side of the property. Which was now a river. Flowing right down our driveway again. And around the well house. I did what I could to stem the flow of that water, but it was pretty futile at that point.
We climbed back into bed exhausted at around 5 or so. But neither of us could really sleep, worried that something else was going to happen.
This morning, after the rain stopped–for the moment–I went out to survey the damage.
That’s going to take a bit to fix. Lovely.
And then there’s the driveway and the well house.
More fun to fix!
This is the riverbed next to the house. Which is normally empty.
And this is what I saw on the way to work. Normally, there’s a small creek here, if it’s running at all.
And we’re expecting more rain all week….
Until next time...