Saturday, March 31, 2012

Water, water everywhere

Much of the winter, there was talk of concern about this being a dry winter & snow pack & rainfall being less than average.  No sooner did that chatter begin, when the skies in Western Oregon opened up.
In March we have an average 4.99 inches of rain, and we just hit the 9 inch rainfall mark. 2 inches of rain fell just yesterday. Don't know if you've experienced that kind of rainfall, that equates to hard rain all day & night. The flow from our downspout gutter, looked more like a fire hydrant gushing, yesterday.

* Rain will be increasing tonight as a warm front lifts north
  across the region. Will continue today through early Saturday.
  Rainfall totals since Thursday have generally been 1 to 2 inches
  for the inland valleys...and 3 to 7 inches in the higher
  terrain. Another 1 to 3 inches of rainfall are expected tonight
  and Saturday...with the heaviest amounts in the Oregon Coast
  Range to the foothills of the Oregon Cascades.

With extremely saturated soils from recent rains...if these winds
develop...they could be strong enough to cause some local tree
damage and power disruptions.

You know it's bad when you need a riverboat
to navigate your driveway!
(Not my house, although we do have a "lake"
accumulating at the end of the driveway!)


Life As I Know It Now said...

We had a flood about five years ago that wiped out the bridge that lead to our driveway and connected us to the state highway. For a week we couldn't go anywhere in our own vehicles. Our brand new garage got flooded which was a huge bummer. We also had trees coming down in mudslides upon the hilltop behind our house. It was a scary time. Hope you don't have any disasters to contend with here and now.

Fran said...

Whoah! That is some serious flood action.
Knock on wood-- we see a bright orb in the sky today, but tonight:
Winds could gust as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Yee Haw!
Mother Nature runs the show. We adapt.

No more talk of a drought around here.
Last month, other living in a rural area near a coastal river, had full on dumpsters drift away on the floodwaters. Yikes!

D.K. Raed said...

we had spring rains like that during the El Nino years in Calif. big hillside slides brought down homes and highways. other yrs it was so dry the wildfires ran rampant with the santa ana winds. then there were the e-quakes ... just mama nature reminding us who is boss.

have you installed extra drainage along the sides of your driveway to help divert the water? sometimes just a simple trench backfilled with gravel works, assuming your driveway is not downhill from the street.