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    Not welcomed

    In 1972 we had a supper hurricane come up the east coast and left tremendous flooding behind.That storm lasted a couple of days.

    Last night we had , at my house, almost 6" of rain in a little over two hours. Streets flooded that haven't flooded since that 1972 storm---and this one didn't even have a name.

    A lady and her child died trying to cross a bridge in the neighboring township. I had a 6 PM meeting about 5 miles away and I could not get there! I had an early morning meeting today and the stream flow is almost "normal" but the rocks and other debris on the country roads are everywhere.

    As I worked my way home last night the stream which runs through my woods was a raging torrent and had washed out my upstream neighbor's culvert (about 48"). This morning as I left he was working on it with his backhoe, with no culvert in sight. I suspect that is somewhere down in my woods!

    I have not seen that kind of rain fall in this area--ever.
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    A lot of New Orleans is said to be underwater now, and the prediction for this weekend is feet of rain, not inches...I don't recall ever hearing a precipitation forecast in anything but inches...The last several years have seen weather turmoil that I've only read of in the Bible and history books...The human race is never prepared for what nature can unleash......Ben
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    A very high intensity rain fall over a relatively short period of time in the hills of PA is an entirely different event than if the same thing were to take place in a flat area.

    It will be a retaliative blip on the level of the rivers, but the small feeder streams see a far bigger impact and that is what we had going on yesterday.

    I live on a high ridge, my meeting was on the other side of the valley from me----but between us is a creek---last nigh it was auditioning as a river!
    "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty” ---Sir Winston Churchill

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    Dave, no meeting is worth crossing swolen streams. It doesn't take all that much water to move a vehicle. BE CAREFUL

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    Floods are scary - relentless and powerful. Our was snowmelt. There are still people missing from being swept away. One lady who is still gone was swept away on a jeep trip up by Silverton! They are looking for her in an 8 mile stretch of creek before it dumps into the rio grande. I went to Denver three weeks ago and all of the access pionts along wolf creek were blocked by leo's and search and rescue while they looked for a body.

    We were nearly trapped in our cabin because a diversion structure on our creek was taken out thus dumping a bunch of water thru us. You could tell by the sediment that it was clearing away some things upstream, like my county commissioners ponds and culvert crossings. It was weird seeing it flood in bright sunshine though. I guess thats better than gloomy rain.
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