Washougal River at Flood Stage February 2009

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                                  Washougal River at Flood Stage February 2009

 

 

                    We have great neighbors in our Washougal River community! Flooding RiverWe help each other in all kinds of weather and circumstances. The harder times brings out the best in this community. I am grateful for my neighbors!!

This is a great place to live, especially in the summer.But floods do happen once in a great while and we have had a lot of melting snow right now. Our house is right on the Washougal River and it is close to flood stage! This is a picture taken on Jan. 7th, 2009 at about 2:30 pm. It's raining so hard right now...I think it's going to be a long night watching out for the flood.

I'm sitting here at my office desk watching the rising waters. The river in summer is only about 20 feet wide but today the river looks angry and brown with some of the waves up to six feet high. I see limbs and trees rushing by in the water. O.K., there goes something that looked like a shark.

The flood water is two feet from cresting over the bottom of our property. Our house usually doesn't get flooded. It is built up on a ledge so it usually stays pretty safe. We're also in a wide spot in the river with an even wider spot downriver from us. Did I mention how gorgeous this place is in the summer??

I spent the morning sandbagging for neighbors. Some of my friends came out to help her too. Thanks Doug Alexander and Cindy Faulk!!  We helped sandbag for one of our river neighbors. Her beautiful river house always gets 6-7 inches of debrie. She has a rock wall built but the waters flow over and around the wall. She has since fixed that problem. (2010)

Our next door neighbor's house has the water approach their house with flood waters flowing all around it sometimes. When the water starts rising, our neighbors gather together and help move items and sandbag as best we can to protect the homes along the river. My husband and I joined with about four other neighbors to move stuff out of our neighbor's basement. This neighbor has doors on either side of his basement and just opens both of them and allows the river to flow through. It doesn't do damage, it's really a big nusiance though!

I am grateful for my neighbors. They don't have to come out and help but they always do.

 P.S.  Kayakers...where are you now??

 

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I'm glad to hear your house is safe and I'm glad you are being the good neighbor and person that I know you are. Be careful though, those waters can come up and surprise you real quick!

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home - www.IFoundYourNewHome.com

Jan 08, 2009 09:21 AM #1
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Hi Aunt Jill,  I'm glad your house is safe and my prayers our with yall that it stays that way.  From your picture that just doesn't look like the lazy river my friend & I floated down umpteen years ago...lol.  Thanks for being someone I truelly respect and look up to. Your a great person thats always willing to lend a helping hand, (and Uncle Mike) when someone is in need.

Love  Angela

Jan 13, 2009 09:13 AM #2
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Dianne

Jill, I just read your blog.  We are looking for property on the Washougal River but, until your posting, have had little success in finding flood info about the river.  Can you tell us what level flood stage is and how high above the river you need to be to be safely above that?  Thank you for your instructive posting.

Jun 13, 2009 12:27 PM #3
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Dan

Hi jill, that's wonderful, and that's what neighbors are all about. Not the squabling type you normally find in the cities. Although that being said, there's nothing like a bit of <a href="http://www.waterdamageout.com">flood damage</a> to bring a community together

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