Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Creek jumps up to 7.25 last night



You can see how fast the creek can rise the line going nearly straight up at midnight last night. Each horizontal lines is about a half a foot lowest line starts at 3 foot. Rain is scheduled for every day from now until Saturday so water levels are going to stay high. This chart comes from USGS water levels measured at Cedar Run under the bridge. Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Rain, rain, rain

April has been so wet it is hard to get a thing done outside. The daffodils are up down at Cedar Run and I have some tulips poking through the ground up here. The bright light on the daffodils is Sun something we haven't seen a lot of this month.
Tonight it rained so hard I thought the whole mountain might come down. Lightening, thunder and wind added to the drama. I won't be able to tell much about what it looks like until daylight, but I know Pine Creek will be hitting some high levels in about three hours.
Pine Creek is already high it was up around 5.5 ft when we drove by earlier today so this rain will put a few places in the danger zone for sure. It seems like any roof that is old is leaking and it is impossible to have a car or truck that isn't covered in mud.
Today they worked on Leetonia Road down from the Cedar Crest camp to try and keep it from falling in the creek. I am wondering what the rain we had tonight will do to their work. It is supposed to be a two day project so you can expect the road to be closed again tomorrow.
I have tried to finish the outside of the schoolhouse all month and have pecked away at it one day at a time(for a total of three days). I have about one day left to get the last of the siding up around three of the windows. But when a dry day will be only God seems to know. The weather men throw in a day here or there, then at the last minute change it to rain. So if you are coming to camp bring rain gear and lots of cards. Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Roads and snow

Yes, the snow is today! We got about 2-3 inches on top of the mountain. It rained down below. Temperatures are supposed to be in 50's tomorrow so it won't last long.
The road from Leetonia to Cedar Run is passable. There are many potholes and a few patches of snow and ice so go slow.
The second picture is out on 414 the narrows between Cedar Run and Blackwell. The State thought they could put in a new guard rail and quickly found out the road is falling into pine creek. So for now they narrowed it even more to one lane. No word on when they might do some real work on it.
It is hard to tell from picture put the road seems to have dipped even more off to the right then it did last Fall. I think if they had drilled in guard posts the road would have just dropped into the creek. It is at least a hundred foot drop and I don't think I will try my luck at surviving that kind of drop. Hopefully, no one else tries it either. Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April Showers bring fast water

videoWell, we got tons of rain last night and the creeks sounded like trains rolling down the mountain. The video is of Cedar Run south of Leetonia. Pine Creek is at 6.5 feet not its highest by far. I seen it at 12 feet and that is just scary. Complete trees go down the creek at about 50 mph when it is that high. If you have only been here when the creek was a babbling brook it is definitely a different experience to see it raging. It comes up fast and can catch you off guard if you aren't careful. It looks like rain, rain, rain and more rain for at least the next 10 days. It should wash the snow away, but it makes doing outside work almost impossible. Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.

Monday, April 4, 2011

School House Piano for sale

Just a note(no pun intended) for those of you who would like a piece of history....the Marvin Player Piano in the Maynard Schoolhouse is being auctioned off in Ebay listing no: 220764950681. It would need a lot of work to get things working right so no offer will be refused. I am sure this piano is a hundred years old. Get a hold of me if you want to take a look at it. Bids close on April 14th.
Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Do you feel lucky?

This white pine tree took a split for the best for the Nightengale Camp. Each one of these sections is two to three feet in diameter at the base. Two of them landed between the camp and the outhouse and one landed on the other side of the outhouse.
So these people have to be the luckiest people in Leetonia this year. I will have to say you have to plan ahead to use the outhouse.
I traveled the entire road from my house to Cedar Run today and at least sixty percent of the road is down to the dirt. The rest is anywhere from two to four inches of slushy snow and ice. So it is important to go slow and be careful. There
are a lot of potholes in the road as well.
Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.
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