Thursday, June 20, 2013

Noah? Are You Okay?

How long has it been since we had rain like we had yesterday? I don't remember, but a long, long time. Rather than being tucked up in bed with books or a movie, I was out and about with Sue. The beach was taken off the board pretty with the literal sweep of walls of rain, squalls of rain, wind driven, blinding and beautiful. Unless your store or house was flooding...

First we stopped into Ann and Taz's new shop upstairs from Dinghy Dock

The stock is just beginning to grow but if this is the preview, we have a fun new place to purchase gifts of many piractical styles and more.

Sue has been waiting to eat lechon for about four years. It was her lucky day at El Batey!

Across the street, the first white out squall came in.

We made our way back to Dinghy Dock and hung out on Arte Fango's deck awhile, while the storm ramped up.

 Sue took this little video from Arte Fango's deck. She likened the water sluicing across the water to snow on a frozen lake. I guess you have to be from a place where that happens...regardless, it was powerful. Very powerful. 

Squall after squall came in, obscuring our view through sheets of water from the sky

The runoff from the Terruno project became more obvious with every passing moment.

I'm not sure how Kelli could look more adorable, but I'm sure she will. Rain boots? She's got 'em!
 After a few hours, the rain finally let up and I needed to get home and see how the cat and chickens had fared. CWIM was inside, taking my tucked up in bed spot. The chickens were doing the best they could to stay off the now ankle deep muddy 'floor' of their drenched coop. They too were drenched.

I don't know how many times the wind changed directions but it was enough to come in through every opening possible in the coop. Poor babies! No worries, this morning they were dry and chirping, the water was absorbed and might dry out in a week or so.

Down at the 'end' of my street, the road that was foolishly carved out of a dry river bed showed why there was never supposed to be a road there. Hopefully, this can be fixed. Hopefully, it WILL be fixed. If this rain was a preview of what we all know can and has happened here, this area needs to be addressed quickly. 
My bay, Coronel, is filthy with run off, from the above and other badly chosen diggings and turnings of the earth with no regard for what the topo maps so clearly show. It is why we try to stop these projects before they begin, but talk is talk and money is money; it's not hard to figure out why what should never be done is so often done. Our work to elect this new administration is the biggest hope we have for this sort of thing to stop happening as well as for the errors to be corrected. Hope is good. Action is better. There is a lot on the plate of reversals of greed over common sense for our elected officials and we wish them the best; we're all here to help. Stay tuned!

For friends whose homes and businesses flooded, it looks like you have a day of weak sunshine to mop up and dry out. For friends that were on charter boat trips, I'm glad you have a few more days to enjoy our beautiful islands in the sun.

Have a torrent of tranquillo! Do something tame.

1 comment:

  1. I like Muddy Waters but not muddy waters. Construction is the business I've worked in for 41 years. On the mainland the first permit we have to have before one shovel touches the earth is our Erosion and Sediment Control Plan. We can't do anything until that's approved. The plan is how we are going to contain erosion from our site to adjacent land and waterways and it is strictly enforced. If our E&S measures fail after a rain event we have 24 hours to repair and clean-up before we are shut down and fined. Some balk at this, but most respect that we can't pollute our waterways. Sadly, farmers are the worst offenders. They are not, for the most part, regulated and their run-off contains herbicides and fertilizers. Sorry to be so windy but this is a passion of mine.