Friday, October 30, 2015


 
WORST FLOODING IN 4 YEARS

UPDATE:

For the first time ever my entire backyard is under water.  I checked on the alley and it is at least 4 inches under water so I cannot pump water into the alley from the pool.  Ripple Creek Cir at its center is a good 4 inches under water.  In 4 years it has never flooded.

The rain has let up, so the drainage may get ahead of the next waive - I hope.  I save sandbags and have about 20.  I just put a bunch around my garage because somehow water is getting in.  I saw a neighbor sweeping water from the backyard into the front. 

My street has drainage - but wherever it goes it cannot handle this much rain.  The city needs to rethink how the water drains.  It is not enough to have drainage - the water must bust be able to flow into the drainage pipes and away from the area.  Right now it is just backing up.

LET THE SUN COME OUT - ORIGINAL POST

When I bought this house just over 4 years ago, I asked the previous owners about flooding in the backyard.  They said never.  The day I moved in Brownsville was like in day 2 or 3 of  a Tropical Depression hanging over it.  Moving in heavy rains was a nightmare.  I went to take Buster and Keaton outside to learn the backyard was under at least 5 inches of water.

I have two new neighbors in the last 6 months.  The one on the corner is digging trenches to lay 2 " PVC pipe to drain the water from the backyard.  Several months before they  bought the house the water reached the garage from the street.

My new neighbor who is remodeling the home just learned about the flooding.  The drainage system was blocked.  The previous owner was a good man who died. In the end he was just too sick to do anything about cleaning his drainage system, and I did not have the heart to complain every time my backyard flooded from the water in his yard.  The west side of my house is under at least 5 inches of water from my house to the fence.

I HAVE 4 DRAINAGE SYSTEMS WHICH MOVE WATER FROM THE BACKYARD TO THE STREET IN THE FRONT.

All 4 are on overflow and the water in the front of the house for the first time is up over the curb and coming up the driveway.  I will be fine,  The house itself will never flood.

The area you see in picture one has two drainage systems moving massive amounts of water to the front - hence the water coming up my driveway, and there is still that much water in my backyard.

This is the worst flooding I have seen in the Cowan Terrace area in 4 years.  I just checked the pool - the water is coming over the top.  I cannot turn on the back wash to lower it because where the water will go is already about 5 inches or more under water.  It is the area in picture one.  I do have a long hose which attaches to the filter which I can run to the alley.  If it gets much worse I will.  The pool deck is under water - so I may have no choice.

Stay in people.  I am leaving at 2 for my 2:45 doctor's appointment.  It is next to Valley Regional and the feeder road for Alton Gloor tends to flood.

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