Friday, February 8, 2019

Rain of Near Biblical Proportions

I know this doesn't look like much to those of you who get these kinds of rains often but here during winter with mostly frozen ground it was a big mess.
All of this water came barreling down the street veered off into the lot across the street and into our driveway.
Some of it backed up into the front yard.
The garage was spared because the water was gushing into the side yard. You can see the water rushing over the path to the right. The path on the left wasn't washed out but...
The right path was cleared of soil and mulch that was around the stepping stones. 
All the soil is at the bottom of the path. I will have my work cut out to fill in, re-mulch etc. 
Looking out the patio doors it didn't look much better. Water was standing on patio and the paths in back were also almost full.
At one point there was so much pressure on our old patio that along one of the cracks there were bubbles oozing out.
You can see how my flower beds have been enriched with compost and mulch so much they are much higher than the paths. 
The paths were nearly fully underwater. A first in my recollection. We have areas that often get some back up but soon runs off. 
The main problem is that the ground was too frozen to accept any water.
The side lot looked like a small pond. I hope we don't get any more rain for awhile. 
After the rain stopped a big blow brought winter back to us. All that didn't drain off is now frozen.
I just hope that the poor plants can tolerate all the freeze, thaws and now near drowning.
We wait for the next big thaw.


20 comments:

  1. We haven’t had as much rain as expected for this time of year. You must have had our share.

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  2. So it seems Sue. We did need rain but not on top of frozen ground. Bah Humbug.

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  3. How long did it take for you to get so much?? Amazing photos.

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    1. It rained almost all day and some the night before. The flooding started after the night rain and we had several thunder storms one right after the other. UGH...

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  4. What a mess! That's an incredible amount of water and I can only imagine what that volume would do to us here - we get flooding when 1/2 inch comes down in an hour. Last week's intense downpour flooded a friend's condo complex and the residents had to form a bucket brigade to clear their communal driveway just to get their cars out. I hate to think of the problems rain like you've had would've caused.

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    1. It was very uncomfortable watching the water come barreling toward the house.

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  5. Ahhhh! That's a lot of water to have swirling around your house, but fortunately it sounds like everything inside stayed dry. I bet you're glad it didn't come down as snow!
    These are the days I grumble about in August when I'm sweating in the sun lugging a hose around from plant to plant, trying to keep a few of them alive in a drought!
    Stay dry (and warm!)

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    1. Yes, we are fortunate that where our house actually sits is built up. The builder must have seen this coming.

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  6. Lisa you certainly got your share of rain. I know we as well have had more than our share. Now we are hearing possibly an inch of snow is on its way again. Take care and keep your boat afloat. Hugs!

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  7. Oh dear. Yes, I would say biblical proportions is a good description--especially with frozen ground. We had freezing rain on Wednesday and Thursday. It was beautiful, but oh so treacherous. The driveway is a skating rink. Like you, I'm worried about the plants, too. How can they possibly survive the ice and the dramatic freeze-thaw-freeze-thaw that we're experiencing this winter. I'm trying to prepare myself for some losses. Spring, hurry up!

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  8. Freezing rain is predicted for here today Beth. We will see what happens. Just hoping that plants can hang in there until spring thaw.

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  9. Too much, too fast! I hope your garden gets through the rest of winter without damage. We do get rains like that periodically, but our ground doesn't freeze in the winter. The soil will absorb the water, though low lying areas will flood temporarily. Fortunately there is no danger of that in my garden, as we are near the top of a small mountain, so it all drains quickly. I do sometimes have to replace washed away mulch.

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  10. Oh dear! These are the kinds of rains we have had in the past, including right before New Year's. The ditch in front of our house looked like a skating pond for awhile when the polar vortex hit right after a big rain. We're in for rain this week, too, though it might turn to ice--yikes! All in all, I'd rather have snow. Hope you dry out soon!

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  11. That is a lot of water! We've had storms like that here, too. But it beats a drought. :o)

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  12. Yikes! Sorry about so much rain on your frozen ground. Crazy winter this year!

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  13. OMG ~ wow! Such weather ~ here it was snow yesterday ~ Is this your latest post??? ~ when I link to your blog from blogger it always takes me to another page ~ finally tried 'Home Page' and got here ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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