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Yikes, just got an update about the farm and some pictures. Not sounding good out there. They got 4" of rain starting at about 3:00 AM. Didn't think it would be that big of a deal but it really is!

Here's an aerial shot of the farm - the property lines are in green (we own all the woods between the cleared fields). The north of the property is Walnut Creek in blue and Sand Holler Creek also runs through the property on the east side. The red shows the area they know is underwater. They can only assume that all of the land in the NW is underwater but since they don't have a boat, they can't verify. emoticon

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Marked on there are some locations of the photos below:

1: The sheep pasture. Fortunately, the sheep have a tiny bit of dry land to be on right now. They are moving them to higher ground since the water is sill rising. If you look closely you can see two tall fence posts with a horizontal post in between on the left side of the photo. Those are 6 foot posts.

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2. The buck pen. Thank goodness we don't have any bucks right now! They really weren't expecting this at all. The gate has been washed away - I underlined the 5 foot fence posts that supported it. I also circled the buck barn. Yes, that's just the roof. It's about 5 feet tall.

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3. This is the house that our volunteer/WWOOFers live in. Built on the high ground so there is no chance of it ever flooding...getting a little close for comfort! It's now a few inches deeper so the supports on the back deck are actually in the water.

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The barn is starting to flood that holds all of our feed, the milk room and the dairy goats (it's the left most building on the map - the one right where the red outline ends). They are being moved. We don't have that much high ground that is fenced, but as long as the waters stay high, the animals won't have anywhere else to go. The wethered sheep and rams had to have their fence cut down to rescue them - the gates were several feet underwater...rather, the gap in the fence where the gates washed away is several feet in water!

There's two horses in the big huge wooded area on the left. We bought that land recently from the horses' owner and have let him keep them there (it's separately fenced). The south part of that property is high ground...there's only one horse there right now. They don't know where the other one is. emoticon

The huge industrial chipper - the kind you pull behind a truck - has washed away. Lots of fence is down, wood piles gone. Who knows what else...

Sheesh...4" of rain? This is crazy.
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Oh, no! That looks horrible. And having equipment wash away is really bad. I always thought Texas was dry ... guess I was wrong.

I hope the water receeds, soon. emoticon

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Texas, I was really worried when I heard about all the rain down that way. I should have called to check on you....I'm sorry!!! I did check on A. who is in Killeen and she said they had some extreme storms around 3am, with lots of rain.

I sure hope you're able to recover the chipper and anything else that may have gotten away. Any chopped wood will be too waterlogged to use for fires now....such a waste.
It never ceases to amaze me just how quickly things can get out of hand when Mother Nature is having a snit fit.

I hope the one horse is found and is OK...just in a different area. Man, that's an awful lot of water! I am so sorry that it hit the farm like this. Any idea if the garden is under water as well?
I hope things get back to as normal as possible, as quickly as possible!! emoticon


San Angelo, TX had a really bad dust storm the same day, I think. What is going on? Tornadoes in Jan (Birmingham, AL got hit earlier this week). Rains and flooding all over the place. We're having such mild weather that it's scaring the bejeebers out of me. Yesterday, it got up to 62 degrees F. It's more like Spring than Winter. The crocuses are already sprouting!!!! Things simply are extremely wrong, all over!!!

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Firle, Texas is normally dry...which means the perfect setup for flash flooding. It's a real shame when it happens and it's fairly common.

Saijen, the garden is all on high ground (it's the area in the northern part of the clearing - you can see some of the rows running east-west and others running north-south). It was soggy in there but not bad!

The waters are all the way down this morning! Mostly good news, some bad news.

The chipper is still on the property! emoticon

Both horses are accounted for!!! emoticon emoticon

But all the fencing along the north and east sides of the property is washed out. It will take months to repair.

Big piles of firewood and mulch washed away. The entire property is covered in debris. But not a lot of permanent damage except the fence. Just a lot of cleanup!
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Wow, I'm so glad the horses are okay! (Yep, you know my priorities!) emoticon

I'm glad the chipper is also still there, hope it can be cleaned and made to work again. Phew, that could have been expensive.

Still, it's too bad about the fences. They are awful to rebuild, so I really feel for you there. And I hope the firewood can dry out well enough to be useful, after all.

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I'm glad to hear that the garden area is just soggy, but OK! And happy that the horses are both fine, the chipper is still there and that, for the most part, the damage was minimal, compared to how bad it could have been!
I'm sorry that y'all will have so much work to repair fences and all, and that you lost so much of the mulch and fire wood. If I were closer, I'd come help you clean-up and do repairs! Would do me some good to get some exercise!

I hope it won't take as long as you all fear it will to get things back in order!! emoticon

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