Sunday, December 22, 2013

22 December 2013 Creek done rose

Cassi Creek:  Yesterday the creek was clear, flowing at normal speed, and confined within its banks.  It could be safely waded.  We’ve received 1.45 inches of rain in the last 24 hours, almost all of that after midnight.  The creek is high, dangerously fast and looking for low banks to expand outward.  It is, as the saying goes, risen or rose.  As a side effect to the large amount of rain we’ve received, it is also too wet to plow.  I had no intention of plowing so that facet does not overly affect my plans for the day.  The soaked soil and high winds may cause problems with trees.
          The winds have abated and I don’t believe we had any damage. The rain continues to fall with no probability of ending until tonight or tomorrow morning. 
          We discovered yesterday that Church’s Gutters left more undone than we knew about.  Thirty feet of leaf guard was not installed.  The cost to finish what they did not will run over $300.  Another low-bid local contractor bit us on the ass.  The cost of taking them to court is about $200.  While we would certainly win the case, Church has nothing of value and we suspect neither money nor a business still functioning.  He’ll skate by because we can ill afford to throw more money after him.  It needs to go into our home repairs. 
          We met some interesting people at the contra dance last night.  We’ll pursue the acquaintance and see where it goes.  They seem to share our concerns and values.  They moved here from New York and seem to be a blue dot in a pool of red that is NE Tennessee.  We need more of those dots.

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