Thursday, January 08, 2009

A flood report -

Many of you have seen the reports of the flooding here in the Pacific Northwest and I thought I'd update you on a few things from around our area.

We live in an area called Marietta - the old town of Marietta is down right on the Nooksack River - and has about 15 houses in that area which have all flooded - (for the umpteenth time) and the river, which is normally about 1/2 mile from our house is now about 1/4 mile from our house. But we are in the "high country" (The Shepherd and the neighbors jokingly decided we should be called "Marietta Heights") We're about 15 feet above sea level here (the river in this area being at sea level) and the "seasonal" stream that runs 30-40 feet from our back door has a very deep channel and although it's at the top of it's banks, we've never had it go over - so, we're pretty safe here.

When I heard that there was extensive flooding in Lewis County again, I had so many memories of the floods of December 2007 when the Black Sheep Creamery lost many of their flock of dairy sheep and suffered great damage to their farm. It was with dread that I clicked onto their web site this morning. But great relief! They are safe. Their animals have all been moved up to safety at Mountain Niche Farm. Kim & Doug took care of the sheep that survived the 2007 flood until the Gregory's got their farm back in order. My hat goes off to them for stepping up to the plate again. That is what neighbors do, or what neighbors "used to do" anyhow. It makes me glad to know that there are still good people like that in the world.

If The Shepherd gets any time tomorrow maybe he can get some pictures to show you.

7 comments:

Leigh said...

What a relief. I wondered about you as soon as I heard about the flooding on the news. Also Black Sheep Creamery. That was such a heart breaking time.

Sharon said...

Ian called my SIL today to see how she's faring. According to NOAA, the flood was supposed to peak at the bridge that's at her house. She said she's stranded, but the water stopped short of reaching the house and since they've moved the sheep to higher ground, they're safe too. The snow trashed their trees, breaking limbs and crushing plants, and the flood has finished off the rest. I feel bad for you all. Not a good omen for a happy new year.

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Oh Tina I have been so worried about you and the BSC too. This darm weather has us all in a tizzy this winter. Nature is a powerful force. Stay safe...
We are at the Oregon coast on vacation this week. It is wet and not too stormie. On the way here we stopped at Boulderneigh to have a wonderful visit with Michelle and Brian and Jackson. She is more delightful than her blog hints at. Wish we had had more time so I could have met Russel and the fuzzy sheep...she baked us yummy cookies and we had a nice spot of tea.
Wishing you and the Shepard a perfect new year...soft hugs from Miss Peach and mommy Karla

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Riley & Tiki said...

Glad to hear you are up high and mostly dry.

Kathy said...

As a matter of fact, I have been emailing Brad and Meg about fleeces and have been "keeping tabs" on them. So far, so good.

BTW, they are shearing today. I want to buy one of their fleeces to support them as I can't get their cheeses here. I recommended they get ahold of you or Franna and WW.N, telling them they can sell good quality fleeces to handspinners and get a bit more money than a wool pool. Spread the word! :) TTYL...

Wrensong Farm said...

Tina, glad you live up in the heights! :) We live above the flooding too. Sure am looking forward to a dry day (as the rest of W. WA is.....)