I missed one ... This is an eight foot deep sediment catch basin next to the school where I work .. It's normally BONE DRY!WE SURVIVED ... but Holy Cow ... are we WET!
DD and I went walkabout for a bit, just to see what was going on around us ... and I am ex-TREME-ly grateful, once again, to be on the high ground! Folks here all agree that this one is worse than either Floyd or Sandy - and both were really, REALLY bad! After our brief tour, I;d have to agree. Roads were blocked at both ends of town. We watched two water rescues as people & pets were removed from a two-story apartment building just a short walk away. If you watch the links below, the bridge where the reporter talks about water going from 1 foot deep to 10, is literally 100 yards off my back property line, as the creek flows, so to speak. The water is so shallow there that there's an old millrace (relic of a defunct lumber mill 200 years ago) where kids catch herring to fish and sell to the local bait shop. The little park there is literally named "Herring Snatchers Park! It's across from where the reporter is standing. The picnic tables threatening to float away are usually a good 15-20 feet from the water - and the stone bridge abutment is well beyond the water line. SCARY!
Pics from our walk:
Despite what you are seeing, there is NO CREEK in this picture. It's all field. The creek is still a good 10-15 yards to the left.
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To the left of the pic above, we find "the creek." See the shadow in the way back? rght before the open water? That's the creek bank closest to my house. It's a four foot drop to a short, sandy beach and massive rocks we call "the picnic rocks," 'cause they're the perfect place to have lunch!
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This little stream is usually a trickle you can step over with no difficulty at all. The uprooted mass of trees to the right is usually a good 8-10 feet from the water's edge, with a wonderful little pebble beach the kids love to play on.
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A storm drain manhole cover on Main Street. No, it's not propped up. The only thing holding it four inches above street-level is rushing water!
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My grown children used to play under the shade of this massive tree when they were small. It is usually well off the edge of the trickling creek it grows beside. It sits across from and slightly upstream of the massive uproot (which is the smaller of the two along that particular creek, today.) I only took pictures of these two trees because I'm afraid they won't be there the next time I visit. The ground is THAT saturated and the water still rushing. If they go, there will be massive tears at my house!
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This is a view from the high ground of North East, MD ... my front porch ... showing my "bone dry" driveway. I've had a puddle out front, IN the driveway, but NEVER a pond right here. I am EVER so grateful that the eye skipped us. I don't want to even begin to imagine the damage if it had been a direct hit!
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