Road-Swallowing River

“The care of rivers is not a question of rivers, but of the human heart.” ~ Tanako Shozo

A few of you have been asking how things are going with the flooding in Houston. Short answer? It’s a nail-biter.

The highest the Brazos River south of us has crested was back in 1913. I wasn’t alive then, of course, so 1994 sticks in my recent memory as the year it swallowed up Interstate 59.

It’s threatening to do it again.

Brazos River at I-59

Interstate 59, Northbound Access
I think I’m safe from traffic.
Maybe not from a slow-passing alligator though.

Brazos River at I-59

Where the Brazos Meets the Road
All due to rain miles to the north of us.
Still bright and sunny here!

Sunset Walk

Dusk Drainage Walk

Weir Now Sunk, Brazos Back-filling Creek

Submerged weir (horizontal in frame),
usually a tiny ‘waterfall’ like this.
Water is flowing backward now.

Ditch After Brazos Rise

Usually dry ditch, drainage out.
To the scuppers!

I think we’re okay as we have 6 feet of vertical bank before our rising creek (which drains into this ditch above) begins to spill over and toward our home. Projections are that the river will rise only another 5 feet, and we have flood insurance to cover any disaster that results.

It will be what it will be; Mother Nature has her own terms, her own schedule. We are but a speck of dust.

You can watch what the Brazos River is doing at this real time NOAA site, though all we really need to do is go for a short walk to the creek out back. Hydrology being what it is, our creek is now perfectly level with the Brazos River.

A good drenching rain is the only thing that may change that. In the meantime, life is good, too good now with it being summer break and everything coming up onions.

We will just continue on doing what we do every day.

Onion Flowers

See? Onions are a good thing.

17 thoughts on “Road-Swallowing River

  1. Our lakes are all full and over flowing and we have had some devastating flash flooding around here that have killed a couple of people. It’s not near as bad as Hood county of course. The water table is so high the water just sits on the side of the road because it has no where to go…
    Y’all stay safe down there and take care! 🙂

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  2. This makes me think of Ontario and this one bridge. Every time I take the bus through the province its nearly under water.

    Sorry not ontario lol Manitoba!

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      1. Holding steady at 2 ft below break point. As long as there aren’t any more drenchers, we should be good! It was pretty bad this time.

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