Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Silver Creek Flood 2009

Here are some pictures of Silver Creek after the flood of August 9, 2009.

This is the "beach" near Hoover Falls - the spot where many children have thrown 1000's of stones over the years. All of the smaller rocks have been covered with bigger chunks of shale.

Here is Hoover Falls. Not much changed in the Falls, but notice how the soil has been ripped away on the bank.

This is spot where the local teenagers used to party. Some of the myrtle is still there. Some of the brush has been cleared away already here.

This big rock used to be about 100 feet upstream near the beach. There are also several places along the cliff where rockslides came down.

One of the best things from the flood- we got a nice pile of sand and gravel. Gary has already been into this for the barn-walk project.

This is Cushman Falls (downstream, around the bend). Notice how about a foot of rock has been broken away in the channel at the top.

The swimming hole at the bottom of Cushman Falls. This is a lot longer and deeper than it used to be.

This is the view upstream from below Cushman Falls. This must be all the rock that broke out of the falls and was removed from the swimming hole.

The view further downstream. More rubble all through this area.

I took this picture with the four-wheeler to try and give an estimate on how deep the water must have been. I estimated about 12 feet here- Gary and some others thought it was closer to 16. The water came to where the tree roots are exposed.

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