May 09, 2018

Rain, rain, go away

Most readers will recall that last May ( the 7th ) we were evacuated due to flooding.  This is the creek that runs down to our lake.  You can see where the fence ends on top of the creek, past the fence is how the creek bed looked prior to the flood.  A concrete water way had been constructed many many years back but the flow of the water plus the release of water from the dam created a disaster last May.  The concrete creek channel was broken up by the force of the water released and the lake rose, our golf course was destroyed and many of us were evacuated for over two weeks.

The Indian Band whose land we live on, the local government and the Federal government came together and after several months a plan was formed to repair the damage.  It cost millions and it appears to us that they basically widened the stream and apparently put some sort of liner along the bottom.

However we still have several pumps here in the park that have been running constantly since last summer continually draining the ground water.  One of the condos is near our garden plot and I find the noise irritating for even a short period of time.  I can’t imagine living there and listening to that constant irritating noise.  I would go crazy.  The RV storage lot here at the RV park from which we had to get a tow truck to pull us out of last June remains under construction due to the ground water damage.   Fortunately at the moment, our RV is not far from here but up on a wee bluff so it is safe.

Supposedly we will not be affected by flooding this spring.  However the snow pack is way beyond normal as in new records.  This is the first time since 2003 that we have seen so much snow on the surrounding hills as we call them.  The snow has been melting and the creeks and streams have been rising. As of yesterday there was still a 200 % snow pack waiting to melt.  If it gets too hot fast and the snow melts quickly that is bad concerning flooding.  Add rain into that mix and is spells disaster.

Meanwhile a new neighbor to Lake Lane, the name of the street we live on, decided to get his out of control cedar hedge tamed.

This fellow worked very hard.  Some of those branches were very thick.

He did a great job but it took him from 8:30AM to 6PM to get the job done.  I’m sure that the Class A owner will be happy to have more light coming into his RV.  Eventually the brown area will fill in with new green growth.

I bought one of these ‘Travel On Bag Bungee’ gizmos a few weeks ago.  I think it will be the perfect thing to keep my personal item bag fastened to my piece of luggage especially when we are walking several blocks to our accommodations and when traveling via train.  Once we are underway I will be sure to post a photo of my set up and my experiences.

Good news, most of our garden has germinated.  You are looking at kale and Swiss chard.  Along the top are some flower seeds that I have planted.  To the bottom left and bottom middle are weeds that we appear to be growing.  We have also found someone who will water our garden while away, for a fee of course.  Those brown bits are leaf seed coverings from the overhead trees.  Really sticky and messy.

Speaking of watering, we had a forecast of excessive rain last night and today.  The rains did come overnight and today.  Many creeks are overflowing their banks.  We have started to measure the rise of our lake every few hours.  We will let you know how serious the situation is tomorrow and if or what we are going to do to deal with it.

In the news this morning…..


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6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Rain, rain, go away”

  1. George Yates says:

    Good luck with all you possible flooding again. We had our flooding back in March before we got back all along the Nith Rver and downtown New Hamburg.

  2. Peter says:

    Fingers crossed for a drier spring than last year.

  3. Can’t believe you have germination already. I have a plan and you have made me do it!

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