Over the last 24 hours, we got 4 inches / 10 cm. of rain. Here, the soil is clay, and drainage is very poor. As well, the infrastructure for handling massive amounts of water is not the best because we don’t get rain.
Rain? What’s that?
We haven’t seen much in the past 6 years! In our own back yard, we were flooded, literally, with inches of water creeping ever closer to the back patio doors. Finally, Josh took a submersible pump and hooked it up; we pumped out about 1800 gallons based on a 2-hour run with 900 gallons / hour (about 3600 l. / hour). He ran a hose from the back yard to the corner of the sidewalk, and the water poured into the street. And this was in the dark of the night . . .
So, what do we get out of massive rain besides mudslides, flood damage, fallen trees, tipped-over fire trucks, and general chaos? Greenery! New flowers! Mossy rocks! Mud!
And to celebrate – and explore – I returned to the park I went to last weekend, different cameras in hand. Just in a week’s time, new growth is more than evident – buds are now tiny, bright leaves; the water in the creek is a bit higher. There were little changes, too, such as the mossy rocks are greener than before, more palm trees are dead(ish) – for which I say, “Hooray!” – and little mushrooms coming up from under the fallen leaves.
And more rain is on the way!