On our property we have 2 usually small streams.( creeks ) They both have a large catchment area of the hills and the quarry park so when it rain hard as it did last night we know from bitter experience that we have to be on drain unblocking ( culverts ) duty at first light.
Sure enough first thing this morning water is running across block 1 kiwifruit block taking a detour from it's prescribed path. (This is the front creek. ) It drains into our property from the road and quarry above.
This is how it looked by 10 am after clearing. The water rushes down a concrete chute. Across the bottom is a metal grill to stop debris blocking the then underground waterway. It comes down this chute into a big round pipe, hits the side and takes a right hand turn into an underground piped waterway which run underneath the paddock and reemerges as a shallow creek which is piped under our driveway and then directly out of our property. It all used to be just an open stream but the erosion it was causing made it unsafe to drive tractors or vehicle around this Kiwifruit block We had to threaten to sue the Local Council to get then to fix the erosion and concrete the whole area. They did. Some years after that we then paid to have it all piped underground. ( we were scared a tractor would end up making the bank cave in ) Good move on our part.
This is the metal grill at the bottom of the concrete chute. It is to STOP Debris ( branches, bark, small rocks, old boots, rubbish ) from the park behind us getting into and blocking the underground stream.
This is early this morning. The grill is partially blocked so the excess water starts coming across the paddock above ground and under the kiwifruit to the right in this photo. It re enters the creek where ever it can.( anywhere around this garden area or further down under the cherry trees.)
This is looking down into the big pipe when the grill ( top left )is still blocked.. This is where one would end up if the grill wasn't in place....... then you would be sucked under ground for about 75 metres. (certainly one would drown )
These are the flowering cherry trees beside the driveway. This shows water draining from the kiwifruit block and down a small drain under the driveway. Not the main drain.
This is why we have to listen to weather forecasts; heed warnings and NEVER leave our property without someone being in charge of drain unblocking if there is heavy rain. On my own I would struggle to cope but have done in the past. I know when to call for help of strong male friends. Neighbours are useless and cannot be left to mind it for us, because they are not generally speaking farmers or country folk who have some know how. ( townies )
Right that is the little story of the front small creek. Next post I will tell about the bigger back creek the one that used to flow into our dam ( pond, little lake ) before the landslide almost 2 years ago.
I think orbweb spider might have drowned last night he is missing this morning.