Living in a Flood Zone

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As I went out to the barn to let our chickens out, I was surprised to find a river instead of the usual grassy field.

Heavy rains all week long, caused the small creek beyond the trees to overflow!

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After leaving our chickens out, I knew I would not be closing the barn door tonight… just in case the waters continued to rise…

If our gang chose to roost in the barn, instead of the coop, I wanted our feathered friends to be able to escape!

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We knew before we bought our farm that it was in a flood zone…

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We’d talked at length with our potential neighbors about living here…

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So, we knew what to expect…

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But usually, when there was flooding, it happened over the night hours. By morning, the waters had receded…

But, not this time!

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Steady rains for a week caused the small creek to turn into a raging river! With more rain expected over the next 10 days!

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With roads blocked and the flood gates closed, people had to find alternative routes to work!

For the first time, in the four years we’ve been here, I felt ‘stranded!’

We weren’t really stranded though…

There is one way in and out when the flood waters rise… we just have to deal with blockades and authorities, reminding them we live here!

One neighbor shared that he had no intentions of leaving. In the 30 years here, he only ever had water in his garage once!

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Of course, with the flood waters already lapping at the foundation of his garage, he took precautions and put his tools up out of harms way. Moving his truck to the front of his property.

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As I went to inspect our garden, I stopped to watch and listen to the rushing water…

I felt a strange sense of peace about the whole situation. I too, have no desire to leave. I’ll just wait it out.

Besides, I always did want to live by the waters edge… and now I do!

Till tomorrow,

~ Sheri

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Desperate for change, I left the city behind and moved to the country... I am obsessed with raising chickens, old barns and cooking from scratch. Welcome to my homestead!

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