When it rains, it pours.
Another storm has come through and dropped a ton of rain on us. Figuring out the lay of the land and getting the water to drain where we want it to has been a chore. We think we have a place graded to where the water won’t stand and have it going to where we want it to go, but then a big rain comes and we see where we fell short.
It rained so much this time that we though the creek was going to overflow. Thankfully it didn’t, but it sure did run over the rock bridge quite a bit. Again, we’re glad the bridge is working as intended and we didn’t lose any rocks to erosion this time. Looking back, perhaps we should have installed 2 drain pipes instead of just one. Oh well, hind sight is 20/20. Oh yeah, sorry for the vertical video. Article continues below…
Still More To Do
We had buried some French drain pipes in the back yard to allow water to flow to the ditch, but it just wasn’t enough. So much water comes through the back yard that an open ditch is necessary to catch and carry it all. We dug out a ditch in the back yard and also another one near the creek. That area by the creek would have a lot of standing water when it rained, the new ditch totally eliminates that.
We did some grading in the back field to alleviate standing water and to get the water to the creek instead of flowing across the lower part of the field. That worked out really well as we completely eliminated a huge are that was once swamp. The water now flows straight to the creek from the back field during heavy rains. In light rains, it just soaks in. Drainage work will likely be an ongoing battle for a while, but we’re up for the task.