I was going to post about yesterday, as we celebrated Erin’s birthday, but am switching gears to advance to today. I am hoping Carly and her mother-in-law, Madeline, are able to see this soon. The reason I wanted them to see it is because when they left our home last night, they were redirected by the fire department to divert on a detour as the downpours we had did some damage.
I got up this morning as usual, but asked Mark if we could take a little ride to see if we could see any damage. Last night, while our company was visiting, we had one particular clap of thunder that was so loud and close, I thought the house was rocking! It was followed by a ridiculous amount of heavy rain.
The first leg of our little outing took us north up state route 64 to Bristol. While we love living in the hills, there is always a concern for water coming dowm the hills. The Finger Lakse Region features deep ravines running through the hills which generally safely steer rain to lower ground. Sometimes, however, we receive more rain than normal and some problems can arise. A couple years ago, the state must have spent a great deal of money on repairing the small bridges passing Mud Creek as it crosses route 64 back and forth several times. Thankfully, the bridges are doing a fine job but the ravines caused some problems!
The road was basically littered right near Bristol with debris ranging from silt and gravel to large pieces of trees!
The photo below shows how the dirt and gravel washed down from the hill and completely clogged the pipe which is supposed to carry the water under the road!
As we headed back south our of Bristol, I told Mark that Madeline said there was a problem along state route 21 as well. We decided to travel up Dugway Road over to 21. My oh my! Dugway Road is rather “rustic” to begin with, but last night’s rain caused quite the “washboard” effect!
The big surprise was when we reached 21 near a road we frequently travel to get to our house. Mark thinks a downdraft caused all this damage. It was basically limited to two houses….
Kudos to those who worked to clear the roadway. It was in great shape and I am sure there had to be a lot of activity involved to get it passable in some places.
We drove on down to Woodville to see if they had any damage down there. Thankfully, everything was okay! As we sat near the boat launch for a bit, we saw three eagles land in the tree where they frequent. We watched for awhile, then we headed on home, feeling all was well!