Our local area of north east Florida saw torrential rain on Thursday and Friday. St Augustine recorded 12 inches in one day, and we had 8″ in 8 hours on Thursday night. Below are some of the pictures of flooding at our airpark.
Above, Rain does not stop the mailing of parts. I leave for the first leg of getting to the post office at noon Friday. This is knee-deep swamp water in our yard. I walked out through 300 yards of this to get to the high ground where we parked the truck. The 20 gauge is due to the Water Moccasins and Diamond Backs that were dislodged by flooding. Our area has a very high density of both, and they are excellent swimmers. I have lived in both rural areas and urban ones, and have found that rural living requires infrequent times of high vigilance, like walking through swamp water, but urban living requires a different kind of daily vigilance I find much more tiring and stressful.
Above, Grace takes ScoobE out on the only part of our yard that was not submerged, the top of the septic tank. When the water was rising quickly, We moved her Caddy up there also. Our house always stays dry because it is 5′ above the yard. The green strip of land behind Grace is the crowned top of the runway. No need to run the sprinklers this week.
By Sunday morning, the water had mostly retreated back to the drainage ditch network around the airpark. We had some clean up to do, but it isn’t a major interruption, just 2 or 3 days of lost time in the workshop. In the larger view, it is a very small price to pay once every year or so for living every day in a very peaceful and beautiful setting, and sharing it with really great neighbors. -ww
About William Wynne I have been continuously building, testing and flying Corvair engines since 1989. Information, parts and components that we developed and tested are now flying on several hundred Corvair powered aircraft. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and an A&P license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and have a proven 20 year track record of effectively teaching homebuilders how to create and fly their own Corvair powered planes. Much of this is chronicled at www.FlyCorvair.com and in more than 50 magazine articles.