So, here’s the thing. It rains in Washington. A lot. Not nearly as much as people would have you believe, but still a lot. The good news is, the wonderful people who built Washington knew it rained a lot. Homes and roads were designed to withstand lots of water.
Now, that being said, sometimes it rains more than a lot. We’ve learned that we can count on the roads not completely washing away. From time to time they do end up under water, though. One of the roads that washes away a few times a year is the road we take to town. That means we get to take the long way around. It takes a little longer, but it gives us the chance to see what’s going on. Want to see some pictures?
These are all fields and pastures in their regular lives. Not lakes.
This is a farm on the other side of the river from where we live. Those are 4 ft. fence posts, and the roof of what is probably an animal cover.
To put things in perspective, this is a picture of the river. And not the river. The water beyond that thin strip of land is the actual river. The water between that strip of land and the road is NOT river. That’s usually pasture, with cows wandering around.
We’re on our road here, and town is waaay down there, at the base of the hills over yonder. See? We’re high above the major flooding.
Closer to home, we have a lot of water, but it’s where it’s supposed to be. The “little creek” that runs through the property has turned into a churning river, and the pond is pretty high.
The farms and ranches here have high and low pastures. This is also a community that doesn’t hesitate to help out. If anybody’s animals are in danger, they are moved to high ground, or a neighboring property. I haven’t heard of anybody’s home being flooded. Even in flood zones, the houses are built on high spots. When roads are closed, there are alternate routes. Most people pay attention, and don’t sneak around the barricades.
Flooding here is pretty cool. It creates extra work, and makes trips to town take a little longer, but it really is beautiful. I may be speaking too soon because we’re supposed to have rain for the next 4 days. But, we had sun today and everything had a chance to dry out a little. We’ll see how I feel about it by the end of the week.