Trial and error gardening with native plants and more in a semi-rural location on the Oak Savannah of Texas.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
On Wednesday , October 30th, this small town, Teague , Texas, in which we live, received upwards of 15 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. We live along Turtle Creek, fortunately for us, our house sits on a higher side of the creek about 20 yards from the bank. The flood locally made the national news and houses just a few hundred yards downstream from us were inundated by 3 feet of water.My business also had water inside the building. Our private road that runs about 300 yards to our house ,that crosses a small feeder creek bridge near our home, was heavily damaged and the bridge practically washed out. The worst damage at home was to the fence surrounding our pool. Water coursed deeply toward the creek gullying along one fence row exposing the concrete supports and twisting and warping the fence. Planting beds located there were, for all intents and purposes, destroyed. One saving grace was that the liquified sand that erupted from the hill above the pool , though flowing like liquid, stopped a couple of feet short of the pool itself, though covering much of the surrounding deck. If it had reached the pool I would have been forced to drain the pool to try and remove it. Below are a few snaps I took this evening, though they in no way show accurately the carnage. However I am still not going to complain about the rain. I don`t think I ever will after the last 3 years of drought. According to some folks here locally we have received in Teague close to 32 inches of rain since early September with more predicted for early next week. I know many did not receive nearly as much from this system as we did and here is hoping that your personal drought ends also. Nature always shows us who is boss, huh?
Note the piping under the sidewalk and the concrete pineapples and plants dropped 18 inches or so.
Anchors exposed and the gate closure reveals the movement.