Well, the water receded about a week ago here on the river. It took some things as it went and left some others. Mother nature is always full of surprises and when she brings water, it can often be devastating. We didn't fair too badly considering what damage others have had to deal with the past couple of weeks. We were the only ones on the river that didn't evacuate because I didn't want to leave the shop in case water got in it, but thankfully it did not, by about 3 inches. Part of the driveway washed out, part of my bridge to on the driveway leading to the house washed out. I lost a shooting table, shooting rest, target stand, about 20 50 gallon drums, all my firewood pallets that didn't have wood on them, some junk that was sitting around from the previous owner and one chicken. Also, it appears that we won't have moles this year. The flood waters were high enough that they wiped them out completely. They were trying to swim for safety but I saw a number of the boogers floating away dead, which made me happy. I hate moles. In all we have now put down 115 tons of gravel on the drive and bridge and still need about another 100 tons. There are dozens of 50 gallon drums that may or may not be mine in my trees that I have to figure out how to get down. I pulled the dumpster out of the river bottom last week with my new tractor. And it looks like we gained about 5 new gas cans from up river somewhere. I thank you all for your prayers and thoughts. It was pretty scary for a couple of days while we waited to see just how high it would rise. It crested at 30.68' which is almost a foot higher than ever before. But thankfully the house and shop stayed dry. In the aftermath I went ahead and bought a tractor so I can get the driveway back in shape, build some new berms on the range since they mostly washed and eroded away. And generally clean up around here a bit. The river did leave me about 200 tons (no I'm not exaggerating) of new sand and dirt so at least I have some to build with! Here are some pictures Heidi took of the flood waters as well as me and the tractor about to do work. I'm going to take a few short days off this coming week and then I'll be back to work around the 8th or 9th building guns again. This was taken the morning of March 14th as the river was just starting to rise. It is my back 10 acre field...It would later turn into a 10 acre lake complete with ducks and geese. The spot were I stood to take this picture would be white water rapids in less than 24 hours. My 10 acre field as a 4' deep lake! This was what I woke up to on the morning of the 15th. That is the view out of my office window looking north. The river came out of the banks and decided to flow to the shop. These are my outbuildings the morning of the 15th as seen from my second story office window. Our pistol range is in the right side of this picture...or it was until it became the river. Another picture from the morning of the 15th...the water would continue to rise from here. This is my bridge and driveway on the morning of the 15th. Normally a small runoff creek runs beneath the bridge. It would later become a full fledged river running about a foot over the railing you see on the right side of the bridge. View attachment 247111 As evening closed in on us the night of the 15th this is the river. Normally running peacefully about 75 yards from the house, it was now about 10 yards from the house and fierce. This was the front yard....The house was now on an island. This is a picture Heidi took of the shop as evening closed in on us. I would spend most of the night in the shop making sure water didn't get in and get things wet. At this point the shop was on a very small island. As evening fell, the small creek crested the railing on the bridge. It was no longer safe to get close and monitor damage without risk of being washed away into the big river.