Or, maybe a lot of rain.
On October 30th, it started raining here about 10:00 p.m.
Softly at first. Then it began to POUR.
And, it poured and it poured.
By 4:30 a.m., it began to let up.
By then, we had over a FOOT of rain here.
Remember my boast about my new bed?
How it had worked with a three inch rain?
Two of those inches in a hour.
Well...after two inches an hour, for SIX hours,
it wasn't so pretty.
The water came pouring over the brick edging. It rolled up the cardboard
and the newspaper we'd laid under the mulch.
It washed out gravel and picked up stepping stones,
and stacked one on top of another.
It sheared off weeds and grass, from under the newspaper and mulch.
It washed debris against our not-so-sturdy new fenced area.
It washed stones from the Rio.
And, crushed granite, .....
....into the Rio.
It built up debris against the house and the fences.
3:00 a.m., Thursday, October 31, 2013
It rushed like this, through the circular drive, for many hours.
And, deposited about 4" of rain IN the garage.
We worked hard to keep it out of the house,
sweeping it off the front porch as fast as we could.
By morning's light, the waters had receded a bit.
But, it had done some damage.
It washed away some of the cart path.
But, the creek had gone down enough to be inside its banks.
Large trees, and a smoker from down the street, deposited on the 10th tee box.
These trees, slammed against a low water crossing bridge, must have contributed
to the water backing up.
We were SO lucky. The water is out of the garage, with no real damage.
We can restore the mulch and the plants.
But, many of our neighbors had water rushing
THROUGH THEIR HOUSES!
Carpets are ripped up, and laying in driveways.
Not sure how much wall and furniture damage there is.
But, as far as I know, nobody was hurt.
In other areas of this flood, that wasn't the case.
9:00 a.m. October 31.
People were being smart, and not trying to cross Cypress Creek here.
This was way higher than we had seen before.
So, today I'm grateful we are all OK.
We're looking into flood insurance.
And, we're buying some sand bags.
We had about 20" of rain at Patchwork Garden, in October.
That's plenty, thanks.
Did I mention, we have rain forecast for today?