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8:15 a.m. about two hours after the first notable rain bands hit:
Note the big, brown patch courtesy of the drought. See why we are so happy to get rain, finally? You can't see the rain in the photo or how the trees are starting to blow, but you can see the accumulating water on the patio. All furniture and toys (anything loose) is put in the garage and the swingset is secured. That was before we knew it would be more like "summer breeze" than "evil gusts."
That back corner is the pond (behind the bushes, by the picnic table). It was getting so low (the water) that we worried for the fish. But, you can't put tap water in there or it might kill the fish because the chlorine level is so high. Contemplate that one for a moment.
So far, big excitement is a branch (small) on the lawn.
10:15 Update TS Edouard---the storm hits
Sheets of rain, solid wind, nothing worrisome, but at least something interesting.
4 PM After the storm headed west
First thing we checked...the pond:
Overflow all across the back. Bad news: fish are not too smart and are happily swimming all over the backyard. Good news: they don't cost much, reproduce quickly, and the entire yard is draining back to this area, and then the water is flowing through the channels back into the pond, which might save a lot of fish lives and landscaping issues. (See next photos to see water moving back to pond.) Also, it means the pond is working for drainage.
Yes, the fence is so newly installed it still has tags on it.
Next, down to the lake/bayou to have a look at the water level (and to get out of the house) (my God to get OUT OF THE HOUSE):
Looking out to sea, across the lake, looking towards the Bay, you can see the cloud break:
Some standing water, not bad:
And, of course, some gratuitous shots of the beautiful children and dog:
We'll see if we get anything from the other edge.