March 18, 2010

The River's Reach

The flooding peaked today and river, impoundments, and parking lot became one deep watery expanse.   The water rose to 18" through most of the parking lot and lower driveway and up to 26" near the gate to the dike trail (up to my thighs).  When I arrived at 9:45 AM there were geese swimming across the parking area.  Muskrats made a feeding platform the tower steps and floating tires, chipmunks looked displaced, and redwings were everywhere.

A neighboring farmer told me he hasn't seen the river this high since the winter of 1952-53.  New flood photos are now posted in 2010 album:  http://picasaweb.google.com/khadro06/GreatMeadowsNWR2010#

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