Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Over 15 Inches Of Rain In 4 Days
This has been a wild week. Over the last 4 days, we have gotten over 15 inches of rain. To add perspective, I left a 5 gallon bucket out in the field where we have the broiler chickens. I use the bucket to fill the waterer on the chicken tractor. The day the rains started, I emptied the bucket and left it there for the next time, empty. Over the last 4 days the bucket was filled to the brim. The bucket is 15 inches tall-full. Our septic tank filled up and wouldn't allow us to flush the toilet, so we had to make periodic runs to the in-laws just over the hill. The driveway got washed out in several places and there is standing water everywhere. I am thankful we live on a ridge with no low water bridges or creeks to cross. There are many around here that aren't as fortunate. The creeks, rivers and lakes are all past flood stage. Most folks I talked to said that they have not seen anything like this, although, the local weather guy said the last time the rain fell like this was 40 years ago, in 1961. The bottom line is that people need to be prepared for anything. This type of thing always gets me thinking about how we are prepared for natural disasters-let alone the stupid government and what might happen because of them. A word to the wise-use these times to learn and plan ahead.