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Flood Factor Five

June 8, 2011

The rain just keeps coming down out here. Montana’s long standing drought has been replaced by “moist” conditions – if you go to the state’s drought advisory website, the entire state is covered in green for non-drought status. When it rains, it pours (literally). Add this to one of the things you can’t predict or plan for. Our property has become a mud pit that is impassible to anyone in a large truck, and after another day of rain it may not be passible to our truck either.

Overflow channel

The non-impressive picture above is our overflow channel’s overflow channel. The creek that runs through our property is really an overflow channel for the main creek, probably created  by the culvert. Someone dug a channel that runs alongside the overflow channel to funnel any flood water back into the creek. Shorty (the excavator) cleaned out the brush and trash from that channel yesterday and it is already helping to catch water.

Continuing destruction

We’re trying to keep making progress in spite of the inability of most people to get out on the property. Our dumpster was delivered last week. Shorty is trying to finish our septic system today, and we went out and ran electrical line from our pole to the shed. This means that the well and septic system have power now, and that we’ll be able to have power in our shed (power tools!). We’re still waiting for the well pump to be installed to let us access all that water down there, but that will have to wait until the property dries out a little.

Since we’re still staying outside our friends’ house in town, Mr. B and I usually get about two to three hours of work in a day. Yesterday was electrical line and throwing away trash. The day before was compost and garden. This schedule doesn’t allow us to make much progress on any given project, but I’m trying to learn to balance this driving need to GET THINGS DONE with the desire to eat dinner before 9 pm and not work in the pouring rain. The drive to the property is also about 30 minutes (one way), so even on days when I could spend the whole day out there, I usually wait until Mr. B gets home so we can carpool out together.

Some locals told us that the creek will keep flooding through July, so we have a few more weeks of nervously watching the water. The rain is supposed to stop this week though, so eventually we should be able to get our utilities in and move the camper out there.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. sue permalink
    June 8, 2011 12:21 pm

    maybe bridge building should be included in your plans!

  2. June 8, 2011 12:23 pm

    It is, but we have to wait until the water goes down. Taking out that culvert is also high on my priority list, and that should help reduce future flooding.

  3. david permalink
    June 10, 2011 1:17 am

    ‘wait until the water goes down’…lyric for my new tune. thanks. have you considered split-log construction on poles? vehicles/animals/equipment under.

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