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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Big storm hits the Mendonoma Coast, bringing wind, rain and flooding

In less than 24 hours we had 4.9 inches of rain at our house in Anchor Bay. That's enough to cause flooding and, indeed, the Garcia River has flooded Highway One this morning. The seasonal creek the crosses our property was doing its best imitation of a mighty river and was running dangerously fast and very muddy. We were afraid that our golden retriever, Huckleberry, might get too close to the stream so we leashed him up.

I took these photos late yesterday afternoon after 4.2 inches had fallen. Here's Rick and Huck next to the spot on the creek where we usually can jump across - not yesterday and still not today!

 In the upper left is the path we usually take to get down to the forest floor. It was a river too!
Here Quinliven Creek rushes underneath the bridge Rick built with his son, Ron, so we could get across in times like these. This is about as close to the bridge as we've seen the creek. It was a little scary going across the bridge!
 And below you can see the creek as it looks this morning. It's lower and not so muddy but still running strong.
 And amidst all this winter-like weather, a wonderful sign of spring - a Red Clintonia emerges.


Suzanne said...

Welcome Rain, even if things overflow! Thanks!

Jeanne Jackson said...

Yes, Suzanne. the rain was so very welcome!

Unknown said...

Nice bridge!

Jeanne Jackson said...

Thanks! Doesn't it look like it's been there for decades? We found an old sheep fence on a property line and salvaged the old growth, hand hewn redwood stakes. We have used them on several projects, including this bridge. Perhaps I should share some of the other ways we've used these wonderful stakes...