Friday, March 21, 2008

Flood of 2008

We have had rain. This is a set of pictures of the secondary pond across the road and the pond nearest the house. In the middle of the closest pond I would estimate the depth of 10 to 12 feet. I really don't have any idea about the other one but I could guess the same. The second picture is looking up the other way or west of picture number 1. The overall length of the pond is 300 yards +. You can see where the grass turned brown from the muddy water due to the errosion of the ground. The culvert support is approx. 2 foot tall and it was submerged. It took two days for the ponds to deminish enough for the sump pump to quit running almost non-stop. At the height of the water the pump would only shut down for 2 to 4 seconds and start up again and run for a long time trying to keep up. Somewhere in an e-mail to the city of Kettering there are exact numbers. First time it happened was the rains before the Blizzard -No -Blizzard and then somewhat after the snows melted. Thought the worst was over until the rains came. We are fortunate, no sewer and no water in the basement. The pump kept up and the backup system never had to run, however, I did run it the make sure the pump was sufficient enough to keep up if needed. Next thing I need to do is contact the pump manufacture and find out what the true duty cycle of their pump is so that I know if we have shortened the life span of the pump and if there should be a spare on the shelf. I would not want to rely on the back up pump to be so reliable and to function under these conditions.

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Steph said...

Did you go boating?