Rush River Rain

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  1. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    Memorial weekend was a ‘blow out’ for me. on Saturday, we planned on finishing up planting the gardens and checking the bees but the weather forecast was rain all day, and rain it did. It rained off and on throughout the day but late afternoon mother nature gave us the ‘real rain’. about 4â€+ in about an hour or so, with 2 waves of hail, and the 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] round of hail was ping pong ball sized.

    Our house sits at the base of, and between two ridges, with a little over 40 acres to the top. At the top are corn fields. There is an old logging road up through the woods near the back of the house we have improved, and with some grant funds available, landscaped with heavy equipment to improve water drainage from spring run-off from the corn fields above, and heavy rains or early snow melt. There is a dry creek bed that runs from the woods and funnels water past and near the house to a roadside ditch, and water is diverted down the driveway instead of winding up in the house.

    Although we have seen the river flood a good part of our front 40 acres below the woods, I have never seen anything like this. I was sort of dumbfounded. The video is a collection of some video and pix I took during and after. It doesn’t do it justice, but gives an idea. My hives escaped any water damage, but we had water and silt in the basement and garage, which was primarily MUCK. The driveway is washed out and nothing but a crater on one side and will have to be filled in again with breaker rock and gravel. Lots of debris cleanup. It was incredible to see the deer hightailing from the woods to the river, and the sheer numbers of bunnies running for dry ground towards the woods because water had flooded their dens in the dense brush.

    Last, my neighbor across the river and I heard a deer ‘bawling’, crying on the flooded river. It was a fawn about 10 weeks old stranded on a small rocky sandbar between flood waters. She would have been swept away by the river or succumbed to cold temperatures that night. Wading through swampy back water waist deep, to get to the river, and the sandbar, she came right to rescuing arms. She was shivering cold and wet and covered in mud, and just nuzzled herself into a big towel.

    [FONT=&amp]If you have sound, turn it up, the rushing of the water during the video clips is pretty intense[/FONT].

    [video=youtube;ZCRIwaOFg70]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCRIwaOFg70[/video]
     
  2. DonMcJr

    DonMcJr New Member

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    Wow looks like "Lost Creek" has been found!

    Terrible I hope everything goes back to normal soon!

    I have a Creek in my woods that goes behind my house. Had some BIG rains so far and it only flodded the woods and part of the food plot. Hopefully I never see something as bad as this!
     

  3. efmesch

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    It's a good thing you weren't washed away while taking those pictures. No laughing on this one. Once I had nine full hives washed away during a winter flood that filled a dry river bed beyond its normal capacity. I was only able to find a few pieces of the wooden ware that had washed way down stream.:crybye:
     
  4. blueblood

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    That is a some crazy inches in that amount of time....we are bone dry here in Indiana....your hives were ok right?
     
  5. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    donmcjr said:
    "Wow looks like "Lost Creek" has been found!"
    don, now that is some funny stuff there about lost creek being found, it surely was!

    dave said:
    "your hives were ok right? "
    thanks dave, yeah, all was good with my hives, no water and no hive covers blown off, that was the first thing i checked. my hives sit up on higher ground for this reason, whether it is flooding from the river or a blow out like this.

    ef said:
    "It's a good thing you weren't washed away while taking those pictures. No laughing on this one."
    thanks ef, no laughing like the 911 hornet swat team story. the winds reached about 65 mph i think, but the funny part is, the first video clip that was real short, this is why....picture this.....
    i didn't have the waterproof cover on the camera, so i grabbed a big golf umbrella (golf umbrella, what am i thinking? :doh:)....and scrambled just back of the house (short distance)to the woods to get the 1st video of the water rushing down.....

    i am trying to hang on to the golf umbrella and video the first clip....i felt the cold rush of water....am wearing flip-flops....
    look down and i am calf deep, then knee deep and the golf umbrella decides she is gonna take a flight of her own....lost the flip flops scrambling back, but found them floating in the roadway later......

    i wasn't able to get up the logging path (4 wheel trail) up through the woods, i know i am just going to be sick about the damage to the road, and the landscaping we have done, seeing some of the boulders being washed down near the house.

    oh btw, did find that golf umbrella....will need a long extension ladder or a cherry picker to fetch it out of a tree....
    think i shall leave it there :lol:
     
  6. efmesch

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    Wise move to leave it. Next season you'll catch a swarm holding on to it. :grin:
     
  7. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    please send any excess in this direction...
     
  8. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    tec,
    wish i could send the rain fairy your way....
    i read this from you in another thread (water from the sky) "my daily prayer here is.... good lord send us some moisture, but not a flood".....
    let me know how that prayer works out for you....
    :lol:
     
  9. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    My house sits at the edge of a 500 year flood plain, have a creek half a mile behind me that I know occasionally leaves its banks, based on the sign on the road it passes under. I've been here over 10 years, and it hasn't yet. But I sure appreciate the reminder of what a flood can do, as I plan various things around here, that's something I need to keep in mind. Grateful that you and yours are safe, and the fawn too.

    Gypsi
     
  10. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    gypsi said:
    "Grateful that you and yours are safe"

    thank you gypsi.:grin:
     
  11. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    an update to my logging road and 4 wheeler path up through the woods....we met with our excavator last weekend.....seems he is getting more and more business from us and is on a 'retainer' like our 'lawn guy'.......:lol:

    my 4 wheel road is pretty good, the landscaping and excavation that was done 2 yrs ago, did what it was primarily supposed to do, divert the water through a natural run-off, widened and improved. sections of this are now primarily widened greatly. amazing. i stood looking at it and thought, had i been up here in the woods watching this water come down pushing trees and boulders in it's path, i would have been running like the deer were, and imagined the sound. one section of the roadway is totally washed out, and i mean a crater across it, but we knew it and nothing short of installing a large culvert in, with some other excavating is not going to stop this section from washing out in big rains or heavy spring run-off, this will require some dollars....so a future plan.

    our excavator....btw, his company name is DEJA VOU.....is going to work on some areas where water stalled, and backed up, and will repair the driveway.....one more time......at some point i hope to never have water and sludge in the basement or the garage, or the propane tank floating off.....

    the first question he asked was about my bees and the hives(always does,very cool) before we took a tour of the landscape, and when he left he asked more curious questions than most folks do, said he would be willing to protect my hives if need be, whatever i needed, at no charge. his 'reward' was a jar of honey, he wanted to pay for the honey and didn't want to accept it..... i am grateful.

    btw ef, the golf umbrella left the 'arms' of the tree it was in, so i shall have no dreams of swarms holding onto it next season!
     
  12. efmesch

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    Hope you get plenty of swarms in spite of the "absconded" umbrella. :wink:
     
  13. riverbee

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    :lol: lol ef,
    "absconded umbrella", too funny! it has been a conversation piece since the flooding, i kinda liked it there.....some of my neighbors have stopped in and they have taken a gander at it and have offered to get it out of the tree top it was in....very serious laughs you know, then i had some honey customers from the city show up, eye it up, and with all the courage they could muster, ask me why i have a blue and white golf umbrella in a pine tree....
    well, see it's like this......:rotfl:
     
  14. riverbee

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    an update,
    rain, and more rain, and more flash flooding this week.
    my excavator said he couldn't make it to my place for a couple weeks or so......this turns out to be a good thing.
    if it keeps raining here, i will be fishing the rush river from my front porch :lol:.
     
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    Did you see Ernest goes to camp? That umbrella will be like his golf cart. You'll see it in the background from now on. :D
     
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    Hang on and know that we're all pulling for you! :)
     
  17. efmesch

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    _flood__by_RanzyTm.gif AFTER THE FLOODING COMES THE 4c974d372b3f7b0f.gif

    Thanks Riverbee---I think I've got it. __thanks___commission_by_converse_kidd-d33e350.gif
     
  18. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    We just need to send your rain to New Mexico and Colorado... don't float away
     
  19. riverbee

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    gregs post:
    "Hang on and know that we're all pulling for you!"
    thank you greg, very kind of you :grin:

    ef, i expect to see some of those smiley's in the chat box from time to time?! btw you are welcome!

    the rain continued today,.....and as i post it is pouring thick and has been, there are very high winds 60+ and large hail. the 'dry creek' is flooded again and running high past the house and down the driveway, well, what driveway!, and the power has gone out. the river was already high and muddy again early today. i am concerned for the bees and the house. we have placed sandbags to keep the water from the basement. i will not be running around tonight getting video carrying a tattered golf umbrella and wearing flip flops....:lol:

    this will most likely prove to be one of my most disappointing and challenging years with my bees and honey crop. the rain and clouds have stunted any good nectar flow. the dandelion bloom was almost nothing, other nectar sources the same or nothing. then a dearth. my queens slowed or stopped laying. i supered judiciously during the dandelion bloom. the strongest hives brought a good start to some good honey in. in some of the hives, some of the honey has been moved to supplement. better for them than sugar pails. i have more of a bear problem this year, the electric fence keeps them out. what i should be seeing for nectar flows is very, very poor, and our gardens are saturated.

    today, before the storms hit again, i confirmed that a hive is queenless, and another queen is just poking along behind others, good patterns but not prolific, or not what i would like to see. stores are okay in others, but light. before i got through all of my hives, the rain came down again and had to quit. the bees are confined, restless, and a bit ornery and so am i. there are places in the south so in need of rain...

    it is so frustrating to go through my hives and see the effects of the weather and lack of nectar flow....
     
  20. beewitched

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    I truely hope things improve for you very soon!