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I blog about rural living and social issues, and the creativity that comes from knitting, as well as post random pictures of the Sierras and my burros. "In order to be an artist, one must be deeply rooted in the society" - Simone de Beauvoir


Thursday, May 19, 2005

Rivers Approach Flood Stage

This is the most unusual May I can recall... not only has it rained far more than average, but the river is close to flood stage1 Wanted to share some pictures with everyone .....

This photo is looking at the Downie River as it approaches its confluence with the North Yuba; bridge to county courthouse in background. The town was built around both of these rivers, which look more like quiet streams most of the year, during the Gold Rush. Posted by Hello

Upstream on the Downie River; businesses line the bank to the left and suffered flood damage in January 1997, as well as in 1963 and 1937 (not in May, though). Posted by Hello

Here is an example of the huge volume of water generating waves as it travels over large, submerged boulders. Posted by Hello

A good view of the raging river from Highway 49 west of Downieville Posted by Hello

Lupines can be seen in the foreground in this photo taken in Indian Valley this afternoon. Posted by Hello

The North Yuba flooded the lower campground at Indian Valley this afternoon, but the rain has diminished. Posted by Hello

We are hoping that the rains are coming to a stop, as predicted, before the cresting creates flooding here.


Blogger FaeryCrafty said...

Crossing my fingers for no more rain!!!

3:31 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Isn't it nuts! It looks like that here too. I live in Indian Valley....of course not the one you were talking about but at first I thought you were up here today!

No more rain but with the warm weather coming to melt the snow......it's getting a little scarey!

6:04 PM  
Blogger Chord of Three Strands said...

WOW. That is a very raging river.

Keep Safe!

6:31 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

We'll be into winter soon here but we haven't had much rain yet(like a sprinkle now and then but nothing in say the last week).

It's verrrrrrrrrrry cold at the moment and we're getting a few frosty mornings.


10:53 PM  
Blogger margene said...

The rivers around here are starting to look just like that! Why does it go from rain and 60's to heat in the high 80's so quickly!? All that snow is coming down and the streams just can't keep up.
Hope you stay safe and dry.

7:52 AM  

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