On March 9th, 2016 the area where I live got about 20 inches in 30 hours. Some places nearby got more and some places got less but where we were that's what we had to deal with. I live on a bayou and because of that I was greatly concern. I kept a close eye on the bayou and the weather. The thing that concerned me was with all that rain in such a short period time is the fact it didn't have time to soak into the ground and thus it was run off which lead to a lot of flash flooding in the area. I knew it was really bad when I heard they had to close down I-20 in Bossier and Webster parishes due to water coming onto the roads. All that water had to go some where and its ended up in our lakes and reservoirs.
My spouse and I also have some property on Lake Bistineau and had heard about all the flooding there. Our neighbors were telling us they had never seen the lake so high. We were concerned and on March 14th the roads had been open again in areas and due to daylight savings time we figured we had enough time to get down to the lake and back during daylight hours.
We knew from the news we couldn't go our normal way since those road were still closed. That didn't really surprise us since last June they got closed to flooding too. Here's a link to that post.
Here's the one image I wanted to share with you from that period of time.
|water over the Lake Bistineau dam June 14, 2015|
(Here's an image of the same area with the flooding during that period of time. )
We had marveled over June flood because 7 months earlier the lake was at a low. After this things went back to normal and I really regret not getting pictures of that like I had in March when things were at a normal stage for the lake, so you can see how much things have gone up. But I do have images of when its at a normal level.. http://rockhoundingaround.blogspot.com/2015/03/lake-bisteneau-on-3-28-2015.html
Now we can't get over it's even higher than it was last June and back then everyone was surprised by the height of that. It's just so amazing - UNBELIEVABLE!
I'm going to show some pictures of the flooding compared to the drought just so you can get an idea of the magnitude of the water we're dealing with.
First off when we drove up to the house we couldn't even get to the house due to the inlet being so high.
So we tried it and was able to finally get onto our property. By using a stairway that connects our places.
But what we were mostly concern with was to see if the house had flooded and so far it hasn't.
In this one you can't even see the water. but look at the tree that has the branches close to the ground and the bush.
Here's the same tree and water up to the bush.
Here's some of the images when it was high and dry.
Here it is again, cropped and enlarged.
When it was dry you can't see the boat house but you can see the dock.
Look how dry it was in November
Like I said its unbelievable...