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A river runs through it

Wednesday, 07 Sep 11 Storms 22°C / 72°F

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What a morning. My hot water heater and furnace are under water. My basement has 18" of water and even with a 2" pump running all night. There’s a river about 2" deep x 15 feet wide running at 5 mph right through the middle of my garden, My greenhouse has three inches of water on the floor. Two of our local grocery stores are closed with 3" of water in the aisles. Twenty years ago I was one of the volunteers that had to remove fish from inside the stores and the parking lots. We rescued carp that were 40" long and huge numbers of Salmon. It may be another one like that with 7 more days of rain forecast. Oh… and my Root Cellar is in tough shape. I emptied everything out a couple of days ago so at least my food preserves are OK.

My raised beds have turned into arks, with the only thing keeping them from washing away are rooted plants. I’m up on a hill, so the town is in deep trouble.

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  • sheepandwool

    sheepandwool wrote:

    Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear this. I hope all gets back to normal soon.

    Posted on 08 Sep 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • anelson

    anelson wrote:

    wow, so terrible.

    Posted on 08 Sep 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • cristina

    cristina wrote:

    It’s scary! I’m sorry, hotwired.

    Posted on 08 Sep 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • HesterB

    HesterB wrote:

    Hope the water goes down now.

    Posted on 08 Sep 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • xan

    xan wrote:

    Stay safe!

    Posted on 08 Sep 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • laurieann

    laurieann wrote:

    wha a year! droughts and wild fires for flowerweaver, floods for macchick and now floods for you. So sorry – hope you dry out soon.

    Posted on 09 Sep 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    I feel for you, it looks like you’re going to be left with a little bit of a mess.

    Posted on 09 Sep 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • halhurst

    halhurst wrote:

    Beyond frustrating. I hope you will be able to get your home in a livable condition soon, and eventually be able to get things ready for new gardens in the spring. If you’re a “type A” you’ll need to pace yourself. Small short term goals, to support your long term vision; celebrate small victories.

    Posted on 10 Sep 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • redloon

    redloon wrote:

    Yikes – that’s brutal! My sympathies to you and to those who live at lower elevations in your area. I hope that your weather forecast is inaccurate, to enable things to dry out as quickly as possible…

    Posted on 10 Sep 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • flowerweaver

    flowerweaver wrote:

    Oh no, I’m so sorry Tim! When I read about Ithaca in the flooding news, I began worrying about you and your family and garden. Will your strawberries survive? My heart goes out to you in this disaster. I’m glad to read you were able to salvage your preserves. There’s something to be said for airtight glass jars!

    Posted on 11 Sep 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • mcav0y

    mcav0y wrote:

    How’s the drying out process? Been thinking of you and others in the area.

    Posted on 18 Sep 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • hotwired

    hotwired wrote:

    Water’s down and back to normal. My garden is pretty much done anyway since I started the plants in January. One thing the flood did was start the deer foraging gardens. I’ve gone through a box of 22-bird-shot over the last 10 days, and I have everything fenced 4’ high. I’m putting in barb wire on top next year, like those prison yards.

    Posted on 18 Sep 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • mcav0y

    mcav0y wrote:

    Glad to hear that things are getting back to normal. Sometimes nature has a way of telling you to take a break and shoo the deer :)

    Posted on 19 Sep 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • hops

    hops wrote:

    Sorry to hear about the flooding hotwired. Mother nature can cause so much devastation and heartache at times. I hope the cleanup is going OK and you’ve been able to salvage some of your garden.

    Posted on 20 Sep 11 (almost 3 years ago)

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