It started out with storm clouds
Yes, it’s nice to have free water for the plants, but too much rain in the desert all at once can have devastating circumstances. As most people know, it rarely rains in the desert and certainly not buckets full.
Water rushing from the rain gutter
Last night and today, it’s rained more here than it has since we first moved here. The winter of 2004-2005 turned the streets around here into flowing red rivers, it washed out landscaping and flooded homes. Twenty-plus homes fell into the
The street in front of our house
Another view of the street in front of our house
I haven’t seen anything like that until today. Our street wasn’t entirely covered with water this time, but it did wash out people’s landscaping and rose about ten feet up the driveway. Our home is on higher ground, thank goodness, but the residents at the end of the street weren’t so lucky. Four-five homes on that end got flooded. One house with a basement that has always been a problem had about four feet of water in it. The other neighbors got about five inches.
This is our riverbed in the back. It follows the natural slope of the land so any water drains off.
After the rain stopped a moment and enough water receded to drive on the street, my husband drove around the neighborhood to access the damage. People had furniture out on their driveways and there were clean up crews there. We loaned a shovel and warehouse broom to some neighbors we know so they could remove some of the red dirt. Their entire backyard is history.
The only thing that saved the new house they’re building two lots down from us was the empty pool. All the mud and water washed down into it instead of flooding the house. That will be a major clean up job because once the red dirt dries it’s like trying to remove cement. It’s in all the pipes over there and the pool drainpipe. I guess once they shovel the pool out they’ll have to get a roto-rooter in there to take care of the rest of it. The contractors told my husband the new people wanted to move in next month. Luckily, this doesn’t happen often because that lot is very low and, as I said before, I think they’ll have future troubles with that house.
So we’re high and dry and thankful all we have to replace is a bit of landscaping in the front.
But roads are flooded and closed all across our area. They’ve even closed I-15 because of flooding and mud. If anyone’s thinking of moving here, this would be a good time to drive around town and see which areas flood.