Should we build an ark?

The sky opened and poured the contents of several clouds on our corner of Georgia yesterday. If we had a basement instead of a slab foundation, I’m sure it’d be squishy in here. We actually wondered if the water level could possibly overtake our front porch and start coming in under the door. Fortunately, the deluge stopped before it got that high, but it was quite impressively flooded out there. We’re at a low end of our cul-de-sac, hill-wise. Not the lowest, that distinction belongs to our neighbor, but the water course goes through our backyard. During the worst of it, we had water depths that could be measured in feet, not inches–deep enough to drown a critter, surely. I hope all the wild beasties got to shelter on higher land.


Backyard flood!


You can get an idea of the quantity of water coming down by the number of droplets that the camera picked up in the split-second it took to capture this shot.


Took this photo about an hour later to give a bit of perspective of how deep the water was.

In Hobkin news, as we expected, eating a birthday cake candle is no biggie for a skunk’s digestion. I don’t even think the smear of chocolate frosting upset his tummy. He’s fine. I was confident that he would be, otherwise I would have rushed him to the vet, but there was still a part of me that was fretting and chewing nails. He’s my baby, and I’m an overprotective mother.

Still working on the edits for the D*C program book. Editing editing editing. *thud*

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17 Responses to Should we build an ark?

  1. keesa_renee says:

    Oh, wow! Living halfway up a steep hill, we’ve never been flooded. That is a very impressive sight–good thing you don’t have a basement!

    I’m sure the little critters were fine…they probably knew it was going to flood before you did.

    And I’m glad Hobkin’s fine. We wouldn’t want his little self-appointed treat to make him sick! :huggles Hobkin: (virtually, of course!)

    • Eugie Foster says:

      I can definitely see the virtues of living uphill. But then, I didn’t think the slope was that steep in our subdivision, and normally I still wouldn’t, but with a deluge like that, we got quite a river coming through. Zounds.

  2. Holy cow! I can’t believe all that water just went away in one hour!

    • Eugie Foster says:

      No kidding! Our backyard’s got a gentle slope to it, so it just flowed away into our neighbor’s yard, and then into the storm drains. The grass has a certain squish to it, though.

      • astralfire says:

        If this type of flooding just started happening, you may want to have the drains in the area inspected. We had the same type of problem with drain off flowing through our yard because one of the drains that was suppose to divert the water was blocked up.

        • Eugie Foster says:

          I think (hope) our drains are okay. After all, the water was gone within an hour. I think this case was due to the sheer quantity of the water coming down and running off through our yard.

  3. troutqueen says:

    Guess you won’t be needing to water your yard for a few days :)

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Hah. Watering lawns. I vaguely recall that activity. Since we’ve moved to Georgia, the need for any sort of lawn watering has largely become nonexistent. It’s wet down here.

  4. lanyn says:

    Holy smoke! I’ve never been anywhere remotely floodable and that is just… amazing. That so much water can come down that it can’t be absorbed or run off. Glad it stopped before it could come any higher!

  5. jmeadows says:

    Wow! That’s some crazy rainfall! When I lived in Texas we had a pond in our front yard (we owned about 5 acres, so there was plent of room. :D) and when it rained… There were times we were trapped in the house because there was no way we could cross the river in our (dirt) driveway.

    I’m soooo glad Hobkin is okay. I was worried about the little guy. So were my monsters.

  6. WOW!!! Unbelievably insane!! How could it be flooding there while we experience heatwave here? Oh boy!! Glad Hobkin is alright…

  7. dean13 says:

    Yow! Oh my, amazing that all that water came and went withing an hour.

    Reminds me of that bizarre two day long flood we witnessed at GenCon. That whole residence inn we were staying at turned into an island resort. Or maybe a swamp resort.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      I remember! That was something, wasn’t it? I thought of that experience too as we were watching the water levels creep up in our backyard. It’s very strange having flash flood conditions in a totally landlocked place.

  8. alijt says:

    Oh wow! I know your pain! Our property floods during freaky storms and it has come into our house…twice now. I hope that never happens to you guys. Poor Neo looked like the world was coming to and end, up on a cat house, staring down at the river moving through his room. It was quite a stressful event, to say the least.

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