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The Creek Crossing on Christmas Day!

January 5, 2009

The water was still high enough to keep Dave from using our crossing when he got home from work late Christmas Eve. So, he parked at our place and then walked over to cross at the neighbors’ crossing and made his way across the still very wet meadow.

By Christmas Day the water had gone down and we were able to see just how much real damage was done by the flooding. Even though the surface got pretty rough and there was a distinct dip in the middle between the small pipes and the larger ones, the whole thing held up fairly well.  It looks like it should be a pretty good crossing once we are able to get the concrete in! We are very grateful to the people who helped us get it to this point. We simply could not have done it without their help!

Dave has already worked on the surface and it is now drivable…still pretty rough…but drivable! He laid some chain link gates at an angle across the smaller pipes to keep them from getting so clogged up. The bigger pipes he and Elias can pretty much get unclogged using boards and a hoe. He plans to put up fencing upstream to catch debris. That will let the water flow over the top and, hopefully, there won’t be as much debris coming through to clog up our pipes. We expect that the first major rain storm of the winter will be the biggest problem as it shakes the rest of the leaves off the trees. Once the leaves are gone, we just have to contend with twigs, branches and the occasional tree.

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