I don’t know if it’s temporary or what, but the water has receded south of Oxbow. A thick layer of river silt now covers the ground. It reminds me of the Skeena river near Kitimat, BC. As the tide would go out it would often leave a silty layer behind on the river banks, almost like a soft clay. Hopefully this is a sign of brighter days ahead. Also, where the road meets the bridge has been filled in and is passable now too, which is a great relief for anyone living south of Oxbow for sure! 8)
This is a quick update of some photos of the flooding conditions south of Oxbow. The photos were taken at about 7:30PM June 23rd. The water is up significantly and the road on the south side of the bridge has heaved and cracked significantly – which is scary. I predicted the water wouldn’t raise up over that bridge, but it might simply wash the bridge away! Especially if the bank gives way. 😯
“How high’s the water, mama?” . . . it’s waaay too high Johnny Cash, thanks for asking. Went for a quick drive this morning and nabbed a few more update shots of the flooding crisis. It’s hard to believe there can be this much water. I have also been wanting to get some shots of the Alameda Dam spillway too. So we ran over to the Dam and did a little hike to nab some photos. The weather was finally cooperating and I got some nice light and clouds which I was happy about. To top it all off, some folks were fishin’ on the spill way side. Why not?
PS: If you ever wondered what those little huts are down by the Dam, they are checking stations. We ran into one of the techs who was there making sure all was well structurally with the Dam. I always thought they were bees. 😉
It’s getting much worse south of Oxbow and in the South East. The flood water has risen enormously!
Here is a side by side comparison of the water levels overnight, you can see how much it has come up!!
Oxbow has been advised to ration water too, fearing that the town well will become contaminated by the rising floods. YIKES! 😯 This is terrible stuff. We will certainly be praying about it and especially for people who have become displaced because of it.
Challenge of the Day: Water.
This is the spillway at the Alameda Dam. There is a metric tonne of water coming over this puppy per second. The town of Oxbow is on alert because of the flooding, as is much of the South East. It’s truly unbelievable how much water is lying around and flowing through rivers right now. And the incessant rain isn’t helping things either. . . . Time to start building an ark. 😉 . . . in all seriousness though, I truly hope the evacuation orders are just precautionary and that people don’t lose their homes to this. 😐