December Flooding

It has been a few years since we have had the kind of heavy rain that causes flooding to happen, but that is just what we got on December 28th, 2015. By the end of the 28th our weather station was saying that our 24 hour rainfall was into double digits, and this was on the heels of several wet days that had left the ground saturated. The creek adjacent to our house was running high enough to see the water level from the house, a good 6-8’ higher than usual. There was one place where the water level came up enough to breach the bank into our pasture.

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In addition both our drainage tile outlet and that for the adjacent field were under water, pushing water up into the fields. The tile that cuts across our property is starting to deteriorate and there were multiple places where mini geysers showed where water from the creek and tile were overflowing through the breaks into our pasture. Even the bridge forms at the back of the property were under water.

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By the next morning the water had gone across the road about a mile from our house where one of the major creeks runs. It is not uncommon for this to happen during even a mild flood event, but it is always impressive when it happens.

 

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The following night the water had still not gone down enough to clear the road for traffic. We were luckily safe and dry from the storm with only minor leakage into the basement. All in All we thank God that we got through with the worst thing being without power for a couple of hours.

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I Need a Boat

Here in Indiana we have been getting our fair share of the Midwest snow. Many were so happy that the storm yesterday was rain and not snow; but rain plus lots of snow on the ground, plus 50° temperatures equals a lot of water needing someplace to go. I thought that driving home the car might need a snorkel for all of the water running down the roads. I was able to get pictures from around the farm from all of the rain.

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The pasture
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The field behind the house
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Looking east on our road
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Looking west on our road
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The water washing across our driveway
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Another look at the pasture
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Bank of the creek
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Under the bridge. Should have 2-4x that clearance
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The creek merger at the back of thr property.
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The road in front of the house
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The driveway entrance

Time will tell where this crests at; but until our tile exit pipe is above the creek level we will be holding onto this water for a while.