Three days ago I posted about our severe weather and its aftermath, but the following day it got worse.
A severe hailstorm and another torrential downpour with high winds brought down a large tree. It fell across the road, blocked the road, destroyed our beautiful Japanese maple, and knocked down our fence.
Coincidentally, our tree man was already on his way to cut down several small trees that had fallen over the driveway after the earlier rains. (It wasn’t even raining when he headed for our house.) He and his helper had to work in continuing thunderstorms and often knee-deep water to get the mess cleaned up. Eventually the storms became so bad that they had to quit and come back the following day to finish up.
Continuing downpours during the night caused flash floods that redirected the course of the newly-formed creek, and we awoke to find it running down the middle of the road.
As of yesterday, the entire length of the road was a huge mess. Water erosion caused a 12-inch dropoff at the end of our driveway.
Because I am afraid of either getting stuck or damaging my car or both, we aren’t going anywhere until the road is repaired, graded, gravelled, whatever has to be done. Someone is coming to look at it tomorrow.
This morning, with no rain in the forecast for today, I walked down to look at the new creek coming out of the woods. It was still flowing, but amazingly I could see it disappear back underground. It no longer was flowing out onto the road.
Late this afternoon, I checked again, and there is no trace of the creek that caused so much damage. We all hope it doesn’t reappear in the storms that are forecast for tomorrow.