Between Thanksgiving and Christmas California got an unexpected gift: RAIN!!!! And we learned what happens to our property when the ground gets saturated and the rain continues to fall. With the drought California is experiencing, we definitely get excited about the rain.
To set the scene: it had rained a few days before and our ditch/dry creek bed in the back was fairly full. As we drove around, we could see that the ground was saturated as puddles had formed and had stayed. Then the big storm came. We're talking breaking news, batten down the hatches, the only topic in the news for days, kind of storm. For us, it wasn't that big a deal. It was windy for a little while and it did rain constantly, but we didn't have the flooding, initially. On the way home from work after the first day of this storm, I could see puddles forming as I drove home, down the side road to our property.
The next morning, just as I was getting ready to head out the door with the girls to take them to daycare and head into work, it became light enough outside that I could actually see the back. That's when I saw that our land was now a giant pond or small lake. I immediately ran and got Cameron up. We were in awe. Even the road that I had taken to get home the evening before was flooded.
|I, for one, would not attempt to drive into this|
One of our neighbors had warned us this was a possibility but with the drought we thought it would be years before we saw what they described. Apparently it only took a few months!
|The lights in the distance are our house|
While the rain stopped prior to my parents arrival for the holidays, the water lasted long enough to provide this entertainment during their stay. And in between the storms, one day Cameron, the girls, the dogs and I walked out to the water. And we proceeded to throw retrieving dummies out into the water for the dogs to go fetch. It was great to see what areas were deep and where the dogs could actually wade through it.