The main road is built higher than the two side streets that comes down to the river. When it floods bad, we are stranded. The only way we can go back and forth to the main road is in my husband huge tractor. He drives neighbors who works up the main road in the morning and picks them up after work. We all leave our cars on dry ground up the main road. As long as we can get to the main road we can drive into town.
There were many volunteers who help move approximately 140 head of our cattle. Some went to one farm and the milking cows went to another farm that was about a half hour drive from here. We were in contact with EMO, (Emergency Organization) constantly and they were very helpful in orchestrating the cattle rescue.
A lots of older molds had no place to be put on higher ground and were left on lower shelves as we thought that we would be able to keep the water at bay like always with the sump pump.
This is the entrance to my ceramic shop from the garage, a lot of the sand and mud that was under the garage floor seeped through small cracks and made it into the basement.
As the water receded in the yard, you can see some of my leeks that were left in the vegetable garden over the winter.
Foam left behind in the yard as the water receded.
Everything that was on the floor in my garden shed got damaged. Here the water is receding.
My big flower pot which was full of soil with a perennial in it was overturned and carried away.
My two wooden garden swings were swept away from the patio on the previous photo all the way to the back flower bed against the hedge. Notice the sand bar left behind on my back lawn.
Mud and sand everywhere
This is another view of the log sandbar left behind on the lawn.
Under all that gravel was my small round free standing peony flower bed. All the gravel had to be removed quickly. To get the rest out I used my leaf blower and it did the trick.
So much mess to clean by myself as the men have the farm damages to deal with.
The road going to the fields is about a mile long and it was badly eroded too and in much need of repairs. Some places closer to the river there were large craters that were eroded even though the ground was higher there.
One of the cattle trucks returning some of the cattle after the farm was cleaned and equipment either replaced or repaired and ready to operate again.
Some drift wood separated from the debris and later dried and cut for fire wood.
Soon after the water receded the flower bed on higher ground returns to normal spring growth as if nothing happened. Isn't nature grand?
This is the end of this flood show. I hope that you can get an idea of what a bad flood can do. One of the neighbor's house was condemned and is still sitting vacant and abandoned and is now an eye sore and the owner is staying in another province. A constant reminder. JB