By the time that the rain stopped, we really had a big mess. Nearly all the low spots on our property were covered with 6 to 8 inches of water. Some areas were up over muck boots! That is high. All over the county, rivers were flooding up over their banks, whole fields were lakes and many roads were impassable. It was a bit of a challenge to get where you needed to be! We actually thought for a few hours that we would have to move our truck! But finally, the rain stopped and slowly, the water began to go down.
This is what is left from our Halloween pumpkin haul! About a dozen just got covered up with snow and the animals were actually getting a little weary of pumpkins. You know that you fed out a lot of pumpkins when hogs kind of turn up their snouts to another fresh pumpkin!
I am going to be curious to see if we get any little volunteer plants from this all! That would be fun. I will be watching. But in the meanwhile, they will make nice compost. Nothing goes to waste on a little homestead!
You can see, our little drainage ditch really does help. It was just way overwhelmed by three days of steady rain. It’s hard to see but in the upper right hand corner you can see our GIANT lake that was our weed patch pasture! Oh my gosh. It’s been almost a month since this flood and I have to tell you, it’s still pretty much underwater out there. I’m really not sure what we are going to do about that. I just hope we get some really warm sunshine and higher temps before it starts back in the with spring rains!!!
The Quack Pack has really been in their element, though. These ducks are so funny to watch as they parade around and test out the waters. They are very happy!
The hogs are not that happy. Because they are on high ground! I think we have this all turned around. They would like a good mud puddle, just like the ducks, but the pig pen is at one of the highest points on the homestead. Oh well. They sure got their fill of the warm rain and seemed to enjoy the adventure. However, they did like their little house and the warm dry straw to snuggle and snooze in!
Just wet, wet and more wet. Everyone got along nicely and we got through the worse of it. It was sure still flooded over by the poultry barn and the sheep barn. Just a bit mess. Thankfully, it’s mostly gone by now, when I am writing this, the first of March. We hope to bring in a lot of mulch to build up the main pathways this spring. That really helps a TON. If we hadn’t have done that this last summer, I think there would be hardly any dry areas to walk on. As it is, there are a few pathways that are still mulched and a bit sturdier to walk on. If we keep it up, I think we will be able to get around, even when we do flood up a bit.
That is the story of the President’s Day Flood of 2018! A big swampy mess!