Thursday, April 24, 2008

river watch 2008

We live along the St. John river. We also live in the great white north. And in the spring, the sun comes out and the white stuff (snow) melts. All of the resulting water has to go somewhere so it heads down hill and ends up in the river.

In case any of you missed it, we had a lot of snow this winter. Which makes for a lot of melt water. Which makes the river level rise.
I had been pretty much ignoring the rising river this past weekend but upon hearing that people were predicting that this years flood would be as bad as the Flood of '73, I decided to hoof it down to the river after work and take a few pictures.
The blue thing above and below is a pedway that crosses above the busy road that leads to the bridge. It connects to the trail system that runs along The Green beside the river. Or as the case may be, under the river.
Today we are having rain and I'll try and get a few more photos after work again.
This is also an issue for my parents. The farm is on the flood plain and most springs, this isn't an issue. The fields get flooded (which is good) but the houses are pretty much ok. Most may get a little water but not a lot. This year may be different.


TadMack said...

Ooh, this reminds me of the many years of watching the Russian and Napa Rivers crest and flood -- and helping dig people out was an almost yearly project. It's always so exciting to everyone to watch it get near flood stage, and all the news vans come out and stare -- but there is *nothing* fun about dragging sandbags and digging out mud. Here's hoping it misses the house!

Anonymous said...

Very nice pictures of the flood Jackie.
I took a few pictures this morning of the river bank in front of our house and there was a lot of debris floating around on the edge of the river. We have a few inches of water in the basement but not enough to start the sum-pump. Everything is high and dry as I had some help to put things up. If the river stays stable we will not have to move all the cattle to higher ground. This would be quite a job because the cattle has to be fed and the milking cows have to be milked. And there are a lot of cows waiting to calve.
In 1973 the cattle had to be moved and it was an exhausting job for the men. They worked all through the night in the cold water and were wet and cold.
You can't let the cows stand in the cold water too long as their feet gets numb and they get tired so they just lie down and put their heads under water and drown.

Kansas A said...

Oh that doesn't look good. I'm thankful that the mighty Fraser is quite aways below us.