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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

This is always scary

Last night it stormed all night.  This after a round of rains that ended a few days ago.  The ground is saturated and the water drains quickly into the pond.  It over-topped the levee for the first time since the massive rains in 2008.

Most of the water is going through the overflow, but that sheen of water on top of the levee will spill down the backside and create channels.  Given enough time and water, those channels will eat back to the top of the levee and create a channel that will widen and open up a gash.  I don't think it will come to that but the sight of water on the levee always makes me nervous.

The rain appears to be letting up and radar shows most of the system now to the north.  I'm appreciating work that I put into the levee several years ago - removing overgrowth, bolstering part of it with concrete blocks and adding 15 yards of soil to level it - but it looks like it needs a little more work, and the emergency spillway has to be dug out a little more.  I think the worst is over.

2 comments:

Margaret said...

I'm glad to hear that your levee "weathered the storm" so to speak. Let's hope that you are right and the worst of it is behind you.

D2 Bet said...

you are right and the worst of it is behind you.


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