Monday, March 20, 2006
After the rains...
First, please take just a moment of respect for Xin Du, a student at SMU, who lost her life in Dallas last night, because of the flooding at Turtle Creek. Her friend, however, was rescued, in a very amazing story.

Dallas received 9" of rain yesterday, while we received 3.68" yesterday and a total of 5" over the weekend. For the first time in a long time, the Trinity River basin is full, as you can see here.

What did all of this rain do for us? Scott went out at about 7:00 this morning because he realized he needed to move his poles which, yesterday, were about 10 feet from the water's edge. You can see in the picture he took that that was no longer true.

He turned around and took a picture from the water, looking towards our dock and the road, to show how far up the water had gotten. The gray at the back of the picture is our rock retaining wall. As you can see, it was pretty muddy, but the water really hadn't gotten too far up.

These pictures were taken at 11:00. As you can see, the water came up the bank several feet.

These pictures were taken at 6:30. Go take a look at the picture I posted yesterday, of our neighbor's dock that is being built. I'll wait. Notice where the water line is. I took that picture around 3pm. This is what it looks like now.

The poles on the far right of the picture are the last set of tall ones, closest to the shore.

The poles on the left side of the picture are the last set of tall ones.

And then, we got a gorgeous sunset!

We still need at least another 5-10" of rain though, but spread over a couple of weeks would be nice, rather than a couple of days.

And while it was a little difficult with the grass being wet, Scott was able to get the lawn mowed! We apparently have a lot of wild onion in the lawn, because we could smell it when he got done. (I still want to just tear the whole thing up and lay down sod!)

Yesterday (3/19) in Quinlan
High Temperature: 52° F
Low Temperature: 49° F
Precipitation: 3.68 in

Written by Scott
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