Our Ditch Became a River . . . for a Day


Our whole subdivision drains toward the corner close to my house. Whenever we have heavy rain, the ditch behind our yard fills with water (up to twelve feet deep), and the corner three houses down floods.

Yesterday we had rain heavy enough to fill the ditch eight or nine feet deep. I’m not sure how much rain fell. The county airport is the official record keeper of precipitation, but it is twenty miles from our neighborhood. They reported 1.8 inches of rainfall yesterday, but the ditch doesn’t start filling unless at least two inches of rain falls in a single day.

I took the above picture early in the morning today. By the time I returned home from work, the waters had almost receded completely:


I am glad that we live on a small hill and have no basement or crawl space. Two years ago, we had six inches of rain in a single day, and this is what the corner looked like then:


I still can’t believe how many people tried to drive through those flood waters.

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