Picture Parade One Hundred and Seventy-Seven

The big flood!

Regulars will recall that during the week I missed being able to publish a post and just quickly dropped a note to say that Rain Stopped Play commenting:

Sorry good people but the rain yesterday interfered with our Internet connection until early evening.

Then there just wasn’t time to post something for you.

Other than at 6:50 pm we had had 3.17 in of rain since midnight!

Well on Thursday morning our ‘on-property’ weather station was reporting that in the 30 hours since the start of Wednesday through to 6 am on that Thursday we had had a total of 4.78 inches of rain.

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Cup Creek to the left of the driveway about 100 yards from the house.

Later on Thursday morning I went down to our creek and the following photographs record the scene!Our driveway drops gently down for about 250 yards from the house to our bridge over Bummer Creek where I was heading with my camera. To the left of the driveway is a creek with no official name but the locals call it Cup Creek. For most of the year it is dry!

Another view of a very swollen Cup Creek.
Another view of a very swollen Cup Creek.

Then I arrived at our bridge that crosses Bummer Creek. Upstream years ago an irrigation dam was installed. It is just visible under the raging waters.

Bummer Creek looking upstream from the bridge.
Bummer Creek looking upstream from the bridge.
Bummer Creek looking downstream from the bridge.
Bummer Creek looking downstream from the bridge.

Difficult to estimate how swollen the creek was but it was carrying many, many times more water than even the usual effects of a couple of rainy days.

But then looking up from the bridge to where the driveway runs up to Hugo Road this mini-river met my eyes.

Our driveway gate onto Hugo Road is just visible at the top of the picture.
Our driveway gate onto Hugo Road is just visible at the top of the picture.

The gully to the side of the driveway had become blocked with leaves hence the surface water. But then I saw that where the driveway met the metal platform of the bridge the flowing water had carved out quite a section of the driveway.

p1160740No question this has to be repaired by yours truly that morning because the hole would have prevented anything larger than a standard car from coming across the bridge.
p1160739So that was our rainy day; how was it for you!

12 thoughts on “Picture Parade One Hundred and Seventy-Seven

  1. Supposedly we are awaiting freezing rain. Your pictures reminded me of when I lived in Malibu Canyon. The torrential rain, the washed out roads, the mudslides, good times. I hope you and Jean stay safe!

  2. You have really got some rain, Paul. Many of your photos look like areas in Spain right now, where much rain also are drowning all here. It is difficult to walk the usual places with my dog, because of lakes in the roads and walking at the soil feels like skating. Take good care and stay warm.

    1. Guess that’s the way that the world’s weather comes at us. No two places are the same. In fact, we are just twelve miles North-West of Grants Pass and we reliably receive more rain than they do. Ergo, Grants Pass have had 4.47 ” in December to date compared to 6.60 ” here at home.

  3. Looks like you have some work ahead of you Paul!
    It’s been dry here for months but last night it rained at last. It’s our summer now, which means cyclones, severe storms and flash flooding. Ah well…..

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