We’ve had torrential rains thanks to Subtropical Storm Alberto. Areas close to us have suffered from downed trees and roads that have washed out. The nearby tourist town of Helen, Georgia is flooded. We have a different type of problem as a new creek now runs through the wooded area between our house and our neighbors’ and empties directly into our one-lane dirt and gravel road.
We are used to our road looking like a muddy river when it rains hard. This is what it looked like during yesterday’s downpour…
During a temporary respite from the rain this morning I noticed that fresh, clear water was running rapidly down the road after the actual run-off from the rain had stopped. I was more than surprised to see a new creek flowing out of the woods between our house and the neighbors’ at the far end of the road.
There are a number of springs on our property and in the woods behind us. Some flow all the time, and some flow only when we have heavy rains. Never, however, have springs come to the surface and actually formed a swiftly-running creek like this.
It flows onto the road, splits into two parts, and flows down both sides of the lane. Already it has cut deep ruts in the road, and I had to go out with a shovel and try to even out the gravel so that vehicles can drive on the road. (There are only 3 houses on our lane, and we are in the middle house. The people on the end were at work, and I knew they would have a difficult time getting to their house if I didn’t try to even out the ruts.)
My attempts at videoing the new creek were made during breaks in the rain today. (Each video is only a few seconds long.)
As I write this it is pouring rain again, and we are under a flash flood watch. The rain isn’t predicted to stop until Saturday. There is no way to keep the new creek from flowing onto the road. I just hope it doesn’t damage the road too badly. I would hate to be trapped and not be able to get out.