Rain on the Ranch

We have a flood alert in effect through Monday here – the Coquille River is filling up due to the incessant rain for the last few days.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEDFORD HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR THE SOUTH FORK COQUILLE AT MYRTLE POINT.
* FROM THIS EVENING TO TUESDAY MORNING.
* AT 9:30 AM SUNDAY THE STAGE WAS 30.6 FEET.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 38.0 FEET.
THE SOUTH FORK OF THE COQUILLE RIVER AT MYRTLE POINT IS EXPECTED TO
REACH FLOOD STAGE AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT AND CREST NEAR 41 FEET
MIDDAY MONDAY…BEFORE SLOWLY RECEDING.
* IMPACT…AT 42.0 FEET…EXTENSIVE ROAD AND FARMLAND FLOODING
UPSTREAM AND DOWNSTREAM OF MYRTLE POINT CAN BE EXPECTED. SOME
RESIDENTS OF LOW-LYING AREAS IN THE VICINITY OF MYRTLE POINT MAY BE
THREATENED.
* FLOOD HISTORY…THIS CREST COMPARES TO A PREVIOUS CREST OF 42.6
FEET
ON DEC 14 2003.

We’re at about 850 feet elevation so no worries. However, our pond is filling up too and I need to go spread some Bentonite Clay around the edges of the water. We’re trying to keep it from emptying out after it fills up, in cooperation with the Coos Forest Patrol. They want it to retain water during the summer months so they can use it for helicopter water bag refilling. It’s been leaking for the last 20 years and in the summer has maybe six inches of water in it. Hopefully the bentonite clay will work. If not we’ll need to get a pond liner. I hear that Vietnam-war-era helicopter landing pads work — they were about 100 ft x 100 ft of thin rubber matting. God only knows where we woudl get one….

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