Thursday, September 8, 2011

Leeve Us Please

We don't have a high tech rain gauge in the garden. There were a few assorted containers left outside collecting water from all this rain. All of the others  including a ten quart bucket overflowed, but this five gallon bucket still had room for a little bit more. I stuck a yardstick in the bucket and the water measured just over eleven inches. That's too much rain!

See what happens to red tomatoes when they get too much water. Their skins crack open . They can't take the pressure. The garden is drenched. Roads in the area are closed to all except emergency vehicles. We are for the moment stuck at home.

With the garden way too wet to work in, Ed chose today to put  wet gravel from the gravel bank down at the end of the driveway. He will pack it down while it is wet and it will make a hard surface to drive on.  The driveway needs more gravel in numerous places but remains passable.  Considering the volume of water that ran down the lane, it is in excellent condition.

This is the scene just a short walk down River Road from our driveway. The Unadilla River is still rising. When the river is in its banks, it flows unseen on the other side of the far treeline. Now its fast current can be seen in the distance, and the water is rising moving in our direction. Areas that are usually dry when the river floods are now underwater. The muddy water is menacing and it has an aroma best described as a stench. In one spot it smells like you could light it with a match. It's times like this that we are grateful we chose to place our house and garden up the hill.


Joyce said...

Are you ok today? I just had a customer(that's a whole different story) from Gilbertsville call me to make sure you are ok. She said many of the roads and bridges are now washed out. Her name is Michelle is she should call or run into you.

Becky said...

We are fine. The phone and internet service has gone dead on us twice, but the electricity has stayed on this time. Many roads are still closed.People who live close to streams and rivers are having serious problems.

FlowerLady said...

I do hope you get no more rising waters and that the rains stop.

I'm glad you built up on a hill.

Hugs ~ FlowerLady

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Eeek! I spent eight summers working in Otsego County. Hope folks are all right.