The sky opened today right around lunchtime. We had two inches of rain in less than an hour. I was at work but heard reports of flash flooding. Then V called me to report on the flooding at our house. Coming on top of the 3+ inches of rain we've had in the past few days and on already saturated ground, the flooding was amazing!
The water was STILL over the highway on my way home- 5 hours later!
I'm glad I still had my camera in my bag from the weekend.
V took this shot from the back door with his camera during the flood.
At its widest, our little creek was probably 40 feet wide and several feet deep.
Both bridges are washed away.
V points to where Sleepytime Bridge used to be.
This stream is usually a tiny trickle.
Here's where it ended up- 100+ feet downstream, wedged against some trees.
It's going to be a pain to move back into position. It's 10x4 feet and solidly built. And there is NO WAY the tractor is getting down in that area for quite a while.
The other bridge- Twaddlebottom- was completely swept away- through the tunnel, under the highway and down stream.
Here go the guys, on an expedition to find the lost bridge.
Look at all that flattened grass! That's how wide the stream was!
They finally located the lost bridge over a quarter of a mile away but weren't able to retrieve it. It will have to be carried out of the stream valley, over a barbed wire fence, through 200 yards of waist high weeds, over another fence, through a cornfield and finally to Fox Lane, the road across from our house, then home. That's a long way. I'm just wondering how it managed to fit through that tunnel. That bridge is 7 x 4 feet. What a raft ride that would have been!
Tomorrow is supposed to be dry but then there is a chance for more rain for the rest of the week. Ugh! I would gladly send some rain elsewhere if I had that power! My garden is sodden and I sink when I even walk across the yard! I'll need to wade in tomorrow to pick peas.
V did find a wild turkey nest but several of the eggs were broken. We're not sure if they had hatched already or if something had raided the nest. Mama bird was no where to be seen and what was left of the eggs had been so washed by water I couldn't see how they looked inside. It looked more to me like something had raided the nest. Hopefully mama turkey will return and hatch the remaining eggs. It's funny because I had recently remarked that I'm surprised we haven't seen any turkeys out here. Hm, they're evidently just hiding.