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Lake Monroe flooding

Monday, May 9th, 2011

As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve had a lot of rain this spring. So much so now that some areas are experiencing flooding. In particular, Lake Monroe reached nearly 20 feet above normal pool level, setting a new all-time record. Normal pool is 538 feet; the lake level went as high as 557.28 feet. Despite widening the floodgates, the lake overflowed the emergency dam and flooded Valley Mission Road (among others), which is a common cycling road. According to the local newspaper, Valley Mission Road is being washed away by the flooding.

I headed out late last week for a ride and decided to check out the flooding, though not in the area described above. I thought I’d check a couple of other spots.

On my way there, I saw a pond that is normally fairly small. It’s noticeably bigger than usual.

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A closer look showed quite a few turtles sunning themselves on logs, including a couple of rather large snapping turtles (though I was not able to get a good shot of them).

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After a while, I was at Moore’s Creek State Recreation Area, on Lake Monroe. Below you can see a lamp post that’s partially under water.

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This little road normally goes through to a picnic shelter and a popular fishing area.

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Here’s the picnic shelter.

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This sign gives you a good idea of how much higher the water is than usual. The sign reads “Road ends in water” 300-700 feet, but yet the water is just a few feet behind the sign. This is at a boat ramp.

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This next shot is not relevant to the flooding, but I was inspired by Alfred Stieglitz’s “Equivalents” series, which we studied in my photography class.

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I rode a bit more …

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And eventually made my way over to Moore’s Creek Road, where I expected to see some more flooding.

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I thought I would be able to make my way over to Swartz Ridge road and climb up that way, but I hit flooding sooner than I expected. I couldn’t even make it to Swartz Ridge.

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I thought about trying to cross the water, but it looked like it was at least knee deep, probably deeper than that. I decided to turn back.

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I’ve seen this barn several times but never got a satisfactory photo of it before.

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The trees and grass look so lush and green.

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For the most part, the creeks didn’t seem overly deep. I guess most of the water had already rushed down to the lake by this time.

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Sometime after my visit, the lake levels began to get lower. Hopefully the flooding will subside soon. I’ve read about a number of other roads being underwater. I haven’t heard about much or any damage to homes yet, but newspaper coverage has been a bit spotty. I do know that many local cycling routes are affected.

 

Rain, rain, rain

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

It’s been raining every day for — I don’t know, the past week? We’ve had some strong storms and inches upon inches of rain. It’s getting really old. Our basement almost flooded on a couple of different occasions. No fun.

Yesterday was actually pretty nice most of the day, and today is good so far. But, I’ve been taking the bus a lot in the past week or so. Actually, now that I think about it, I guess the longest riding gap was two rainy days on the bus, surrounding a weekend with no riding. But, four days felt like a long time off the bike.

In my classes, I’m mired in final projects right now, and next week I have finals. Actually I think this week will be the worst, though, and it’s halfway over, so I’m really looking forward to getting these projects done.

Hopefully, I’ll have time to write some more posts soon. I’ve got a lot more photos I’d like to share, as well as something a bit different.

Maybe I’ll even ride my bike this weekend?!? I can only hope!

A dark, rainy, chilly commute

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

My ride home from work was rather interesting. It was in the low 40s, raining, windy, and dark. This is some of the first rain we’ve had in months, aside from a few showers on Saturday, so we really need the rain, and I have been out of practice when it comes to riding in the rain.

Despite (or maybe because of?) the conditions, my ride home was surprisingly enjoyable. I feel a lot more confident in the rain with additional lights and reflective gear, and I’ve got my clothing figured out fairly well for the most part. I was also lucky that it was just a good steady rain, and not a deluge.

We had an unreal warm spell for a while, and now it’s cooling off once again.

I’m trying to psyche myself up for winter. I love winter riding, even though it is more difficult to ride as regularly. But, scenes like these get me pumped. All these are from winter rides I did last year. Mostly likely, it will be quite a while before we get any snow … I’m just thinking ahead.

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