Oh Noah, Where art thou?

Wow, have we had rain in the last 18 hours.  The creeks are raging and overflowing.  The region is under flash flood warnings.  We live 4/10th of a mile down hill from a paved road.  Our gravel road tips from one side to the other with curves and ditches that are first on one side of the road, then on the other, but no culverts to connect these ditches.  When it rains hard, rain washes back and forth across the road.  Here is the morning river.




The last one is right at the top of our driveway, where all of the gravel has washed down and formed a dam.  The ruts are a foot deep and the piles of gravel at least that.  Fortunately, SIL and I cleared our culvert earlier in the summer, so it is going under our driveway, not down it.

Periodically, we complain to VDOT and they bring a road grader out and smooth the surface again, but their engineer doesn’t feel like we need culverts under the road where it changes directions and doesn’t feel that the road is traveled enough to pave it.  Just below the last picture, the road drops to the culvert for the creek that crosses it and the wash out is even worse there.  I’m glad we don’t have to travel that portion. Our cars are all wheel or 4 wheel drive vehicles, except SIL, who drives a low small sedan.  I hope he can get in today.

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