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Water, Water. September 8, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Love and Death.
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It’s everywhere.  Continuing rains have pushed river levels to what would be astonishing heights if we hadn’t just lived through Irene.

The Deerfield flows over Deerfield #4 dam on the line between Charlemont and Buckland:

That’s about 10,000 CFS, a flow rate topping most recent Spring flood levels.

We’re expecting a couple of days of generally fair weather, which should allow some of the current ground water to make its exit before the next Rain Event brings the level back up.

Meanwhile, New York is flooding again, perhaps to an extent not seen even during the devastation of Irene.

Positive thoughts are entirely appropriate.

Mother Nature 1, Little Tikes 0. September 4, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Love and Death.
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As local lives pile up under bridges, I found this shot at the confluence of the Chickley and Deerfield rivers, where the Chickley runs under the Tower Road bridge and the CSX Railroad bridge:

That one’s courtesy of Elliot, in case you didn’t spot his signature depth-of-field.  This mess is where the Chickley used to be.  Great oaks and pines are interwoven with pieces of the farms and their people upstream, and rapidly drying into a cement of silt.  The cleanup will be a monumental effort, though the desperation has diminished with the passing days.  Unless, of course, you’re amongst the many families who lost everything, in which case recovering will be much, much slower.*

* UPDATE – This monstrous Log-Clog is now gone, though the bridge hasn’t reopened.  Thank You to the people who did that work.