The great flood of 2019

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  1. Joe C

    Joe C Custom Pistolsmith Sponsor

    Sep 11, 2011
    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. 54437387_1337163749768442_9078163152536862720_n.jpg

    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.
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    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. 53811010_10104469752147833_7767900855390437376_n.jpg

    This was the front yard....The house was now on an island. 53855804_10104469752986153_3464201951007211520_n.jpg

    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.
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  2. Joe C

    Joe C Custom Pistolsmith Sponsor

    Sep 11, 2011
    This picture was from the back porch. The river was now running between the shop and the house, through the garage area and back down to the main channel.

    As Heidi and the girls were preparing for bed, this is what another view looked like from the house, north to the shop and chicken house. 54727685_10104469751159813_5356223808984317952_n.jpg

    This picture was taken on the evening of the 16th. This was my bridge...I ended up putting over 12 tons of gravel as well as bricks, broken concrete, dirt and other hard debris to fill the gaping holes. It need about another 10 tons of gravel to be fixed completely. 54520763_1337871609697656_3608610214766444544_n.jpg

    Here I am on the new (to me) 1968 John Deere 4020 we bought to fix things.
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    Heading down the driveway to do some grading so Heidi can get the girls to school in the morning...
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  3. Hunt5877

    Hunt5877 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Jan 27, 2019
    Wow, pretty scary! Glad everyone made it through ok ...except maybe the chicken....and the moles.
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  4. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    Glad to hear that you guys are starting to recover from this.
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  5. Shocker2000

    Shocker2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 6, 2016
    That has to be scary, not knowing how high the water will get. Glad you made it through with your house and shop intact.
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  6. Wheels No More

    Wheels No More Long gone

    May 12, 2015
    Thanks for capturing and sharing this disaster with us, as it's a reminder that all can go away very fast.
    Glad it only did a small amount of damage compared to what could of happened.
    Also glad no one was hurt minus the chicken moles.
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  7. oldshaky

    oldshaky Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2019
    Like Hunt 5877 said, that looked scary. I'm glad everyone is ok and hope you recover quickly.
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  8. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    That is unbelievable, Joe. I'm glad you and yours are safe.
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  9. khend1

    khend1 Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Mar 10, 2013
    Great to see you made it through relatively ok. The amount of flooding NE and parts of IA have seen and are still seeing is quite heart wrenching. It will be a long and costly recovery for a lot of folks and towns.
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  10. Kip

    Kip Sir Kip Esquire

    Apr 12, 2016
    Time to sit back and go "phew"!
    Glad it all worked out. Between your posts and others in the area I'd have been a tad,uhhh,concerned....."i'M OUTTA HERE"!!
    ps: that tractor needs a loader ;)
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  11. RS.

    RS. Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2017
    Happy everyone made it safe and your damage was minimal. Enjoy your couple days off.
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  12. Bugs

    Bugs Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Good to see everyone is OK. The "fun part" is cleaning up the mess. We've been through many hurricanes & typhoons, 1 tidal wave, 1 flood, multiple earthquakes. Looking for a more serene environment to retire in; tired of the preparation and aftermath.
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  13. boatdoc

    boatdoc Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2015
    Sorry for your losses and what you are going through. be grateful for what did not happen. you and your family are safe. seems like the house is ok too. been there and done that. you lose stuff. it hurts a lot and costs a lot to fix but you move on and hopefully learn from this how to be prepared for the next round.

    we did. everything wa s placed 4 feet in the air from that day on..lost cars, property all my power equipment and tools. we flooded with SALT water. everything was ruined . from then on Cars moved every time where there was a hint of flooding to come. if it was a hurricane coming, allt he power e quipment and valuables were moved into the house as it was OVER the garage

    best of luck getting back on your feet. cherish thos e you love Joe

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  14. Ned Christiansen

    Ned Christiansen Well-Known Member

    Mar 27, 2013
    Holy crap Joe-- glad it didn't get any worse than it did, that was a disaster than came within inches of being a total disaster! Extra work for you that I'm sure you didn't need.

    Never happened before, probably never happen again, right...? But I wonder if there's a place where a couple ditches might be dug to divert it, should it happen again? Expensive and complicated no doubt, even if it's on your own land there are probably permitting issues although I should think you'd have a good case to present to your county drain commissioner.

    OK everyone, let's pool our resources and send Joe.... a new chicken :)
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  15. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    I'm glad it did not take the house and shop. The pictures painted a harrowing situation. That had to have been very stressful. You will enjoy the tractor for years to come, and you did get rid of the Moles, which are very destructive. I am glad to hear that you and your family are safe, I wish you a speedy recovery.
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  16. razorbacker

    razorbacker Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 2, 2011
    Wow, I watched the flooding stories on the news, but that gives us a personal touch, thanks for posting Joe. The location of your shop and house on just a few extra inches of elevation made a big difference in the final story. I would count you as blessed through a bad situation.
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  17. SCS1911

    SCS1911 Failed all therapy

    Oct 5, 2012
    Damn, that is the reason why I hate moving water. You are at it’s mercy, or lack there of.
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  18. joerockhead

    joerockhead "BOURBON" It's not just for Breakfast anymore ! Supporting Addict

    Oct 12, 2011
    Glad you are ok...
    Looks like you need a JetSKi as well !!!
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  19. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    Wow,....Having visited the shop some years ago, it had to imagine that much darn water

    Glad you mad it through as well as you did
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  20. mtodd

    mtodd 1911 lover Supporting Addict

    Oct 8, 2012
    Apparently living in a former dam keepers house pays off every century or so;)
    Glad everyone is ok.
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