Saturday, February 14, 2009

Almost-Spring Thaw

This is something you DON'T want to see when you are out driving.

In the field on the right hand side of the van, the ice that formed overnight was hanging about 6 inches up in the weeds. (darn camera was shaking so bad the picture turned out too blurry to post, no more medicine for it) The one below is pixilated from too much enlargement, but you can still see the darkened highwater marks on some of the trees.

The River was running over this bridge on the previous evening.

Turning around.

Let's check out the Park.

There were 2 wooden bathrooms at the other end of this pavillion.

There is a submerged road on the other side of the tree in the center of this photo, that runs to the right back along the river to the right of that cedar tree and into the woods.

Water over the road.

In the summer I sometimes fish from the bank about 15 feet behind this tree. Notice the debris on the 3rd rung of the ladder, that shows you how much higher the water was.

And Friday by 1:45pm the water receeded to about a foot under the bridge.

These pictures were taken early Friday afternoon. They closed the bridge Thusday morning after the melting snow from three days of temps over 50 and then rain all Wednesday afternoon and heavy rain during the night caused the river to flood over the road.

Wednesday I worked outside most of the day in the cold 40 degree temps and rain, Thawing out the septic line to the tank and having the tank pumped and then covering it all back up. Wednesday night I suffered from the consequences with terriffic muscle ache and pain. Thursday I continued to "Rock and Roll" with Mr.Pain and sleep with the help of modern medicine. Friday morning wifey wanted to go to the "Amish" store and in my drug induced hangover I agreed to go. Luckily wifey reminded me to take the camera.

On our way home we had to stop in Cass City to drop off some eggs and came upon this roadblock unexpectedly. We knew from TV that the North Branch of the Cass River had flooded over the road (it has a very short bridge) but had no idea that the South Branch had flooded too until we got there.

So we decided to stop by a few more bridges after our detour here.

These photos will give you an idea of how much water we are talking about. Some of them I took last summer to blog about. So here we go: These were taken at the Dodge Road Bridge about 8 miles from the bridge above;

From this

To this

And downriver

A little zoom

The pylons

And now the Cemetery Road Bridge halfway between the two

A close up looking upriver

and from the bridge

Down river

My Dad was transfered from the hospital in Saginaw Friday afternoon, to a Nursing Home in Cass City for physical therapy. Today he looked good and was in fine spirits. Once they get his medications under control and therapy started, I am hoping things will progress well so he can return home.


Country Girl said...

Wow, impressive pictures and lots of water. so far we are thawing slowly so I have not heard of any flooding yet. Glad to hear your dad is doing better.

GreyWolf said...

Kim: we are bacck to below freezing temps and snow ,with a big storm due Wed. So spring isn't near yet. This was just our normal January thaw running about a month late.
And Thanks.

warren said...

With all that water around...did you at least get your spring bath?

Glad to hear Dad is on the mend

GreyWolf said...

Warren: Well I thought about that but since it ain't spring yet I figured that I might possibly have to take 2, so I decided not to take any chances and wait.

sugarcreekstuff said...

I love the before and after shots. I hope there arent any houses in the path.
Good to hear about your dad.:-)

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Yay! More good news about your Dad.

Wow! That's a heck of a lot of water!