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  • First We Cried For The Rain And Now We Screaming For It To Stop

    Downpour a mixed business blessing

    Carla Wilson Times Colonist Friday, October 17, 2003

    Darren Stone, Times Colonist / Mike Sjouwerman repairs a roof near Tillicum Mall on Thursday.

    Oh no, don't let the rain come down

    My roof's got a hole in it and I might drown

    Oh yes, my roof's got a hole in it and I might drown -- song made popular by the Serendipity Singers.

    Desperate callers beg. They plead. They put out buckets and towels. Anything to keep their homes dry inside as rain pounds relentlessly on their roofs while they wait for help.

    At Parker, Johnston Ltd., 60 emergency calls came in Thursday morning alone. A staff of 15 fanned out through the region patching roof leaks.

    "We are swamped -- literally," said company co-owner Rod Parker.

    When rain pours down, business picks up for some companies but causes problems too. It may mean firms postpone planned jobs or are overloaded with emergency calls.

    After a record-setting dry spell in this region, we are now wading through a record-setting wet patch.

    We've just had the driest summer in more than 60 years when just 19.5 millimetres of rain fell through June, July and August.

    But now wet weather has arrived at B.C.'s southern coast.

    Many businesses and residents are scrambling to cope with leaking roofs and soggy basements. A frontal system that has settled in over southern Vancouver Island will likely keep dumping rain on us until Saturday.

    After that, we could get a break through Sunday but another system seems ready to step in, said Anne McCarthy, Environment Canada weather specialist.

    "It's a bit like having someone point a fire hose at you," she said Thursday. "My personal advice is you'd better shake out those wellies and get the spiders out now."

    The record rainfall for Oct. 16 was 37.3 millimetres, set in 1975. That was broken by Thursday morning. At the weather office at the Victoria International Airport, a total of 51 millimetres of rain fell between 11 p.m. (when measurements start being taken) on Wednesday to 11 a.m. on Thursday, McCarthy said.

    Today's forecast is for 35 to 45 millimetres of rain, with foggy patches.

    Tarpaulins, special sealers, and mortar and concrete are all being used for quick fixes on roofs, said Parker. After a hot summer, the first major rainstorm of the fall brings panicky calls with reports of leaks. "Every year, it's the same thing."

    Some cedar roofs, installed during a building boom 18 to 20 years ago, are starting to leak, Parker said. Also calling are some commercial building owners who put off repairs on flat roofs.

    It's a good idea to have your roof checked earlier in the year and any repairs carried out at that time as part of a preventative maintenance program, he said.

    Over at Mr. Rooter Plumbing the rain is welcome, "We love this stuff," laughs owner Jody Auchinvole.

    Phone lines are busy and business is brisk with calls for help clearing out drains, many in driveways, and flooded basements, she said.

    Homeowners should get their perimeter, driveway and any other exterior drains checked and cleaned if necessary during drier weather, Auchinvole said.

    Pumps are in demand at Lo-Cost Rentals for customers trying to clear out wet basements, parking lots and flat roofs, said service technician Catherine Shannon. Dehumidifiers and turbo blower-dryers are also being snapped up.

    Rubber boots are running out the door at Wal-Mart's Douglas Street store, where rain jackets and umbrellas are also moving quickly.

    Rain always brings in customers, said store assistant manager Scott Downton. "People want something to do so they go to local malls or shops." He thinks people are coming in to shop for Halloween or do early Christmas shopping.

    And rain gear, tarps and ponchos, are among items being snapped up at Langford's Canadian Tire store, said manager Michael Armstrong.

    At Green Acres Gardening, owner Ryan Aitchison had a tiring day Thursday hoisting 20-kilogram rolls of sod. His company has a commitment to install sod outside two houses and the rain made the base slippery.

    Peninsula Bulldozing is used to coping with this kind of weather in November, not mid-October, said spokesman Ralph Street. One job was shut down and topsoil sales are down but the company carried on using all its workers, he said.

    © Copyright 2003 Times Colonist (Victoria)


    Don't get me wrong, we need the rain something fierce, but there is rain and then there is RAIN. It's flooded out two roads in the region, one in Malahat AOR, and the other in Sooke. 50 residents from Sooke were evacuated last night for the rain. Aspen Rd in the Malahat area partially washed out last night, and the residents in that section are currently "stranded" and even walking is apparently not much of an option because of the overflowing creek.
    If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

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  • #2
    Rick, the Aspen Road ppl are no longer stranded. JJM came and made an emergency access Road for them ( and us should we need to access any area in that region). They created it just after the old Dutch Latch, just before the barriers start on the side of the road on the North bound side of the hwy. I saw them doing that earlier, well plus Joe and I thought Dave was waving us down so we stopped to see what he needed. So until further notice that's the road to Aspen area. Apparently they have quite the lil crevice going on there, Dave said it was around 40'x40'.
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    • #3
      Found this article pertaining to the Aspen Road issue. A little FYI, this is the road we take to fill up our trucks from Aspen Pond, apparently we'll be booney bashing to get there for the next little while LOL.

      Rains wash out road near Malahat Mtn.


      CH TV


      Friday, October 17, 2003

      CREDIT: CH TV

      Rains wash out Malahat area road.

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      The heavy rain has left some lower Vancouver Island residents high, not so dry and cut off.

      The record rainfall cut a path through Aspen Road near the Malahat Mountain and left a crater meaning some residents are cut off until repairs are done.

      The residents are now waiting to find out when their road will be repaired. Nothing can happen until the heavy rains stop.

      © Copyright 2003 CH TV
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      • #4
        Here's some info on the Sooke flood situation, as well as other mishaps caused by the rain.

        STORY
        Heavy rain forces evacuation in Sooke
        Council considers declaring state of emergency, three homes flooded to their roofs

        Ian Dutton, with files from Bill Cleverley
        Times Colonist; with files CanWest News Service


        Friday, October 17, 2003

        CREDIT: Deddeda Stemler, Times Colonist

        Randy Shaw, 34, doesn't let the heavy rain keep him from exploring Whiffin Spit in Sooke.


        CREDIT: CH TV

        Flooding near Sooke

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        Fifty people were forced from their homes and three houses were flooded to their roofs after record rainfalls and high tides teamed to force the Sooke River over its banks Thursday.

        A rash of accidents plagued Greater Victoria streets as rain pelted the region in record amounts.

        Victoria police reported that a pedestrian was taken to hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle in the 600 Block of Admirals Road about 5:30 p.m.

        Approximately two hours later, two elderly women were hit by a vehicle at Oswego and Quebec streets and were taken to hospital.

        In Sooke, RCMP were turning people away from their homes along Sooke River and Phillips roads. Council met in a crisis session to ponder declaring a state of emergency after flood waters covered the roads two to three metres deep.

        Hardest hit were three houses on Phillips Road, across from Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. The normally modest flows of the Sooke River turned into a surly torrent lashing the town and the hills beyond.

        Mayor Janet Evans said the first call came into the municipality about 4 p.m. and an emergency operations centre was set up almost immediately. She said the residents asked to leave their homes were required to register at the municipal office. By Thursday night, everyone forced from their homes was able to find alternate lodging with family or friends.

        "We had one woman come in who had lived at her property since 1958 and she said she had never seen it like this," Evans said.

        The mayor said the community faces similar problems today if the rain does not relent. High tide comes just after 5 p.m., and high water in the Sooke basin, teamed with huge volume in the river, could trigger another crisis, she said.

        Council, on recommendation of staff and the RCMP, did not invoke a state of emergency Thursday -- which would have allowed RCMP to force people from their homes -- but said the option is still there today if the water gets too high.

        Please see Rains, A2

        ? From Page A1

        Evans said that despite the risk, some people chose to remain in their homes.

        Council was to meet again at 10 a.m. today and monitoring will continue all day, Evans said.

        As of 5 p.m. Thursday, Environment Canada reported that 91.4 millimetres of precipitation had been measured at the Victoria airport in 24 hours. With rain still falling, it was almost assured that the one-day record of 92 mm set on Jan. 18, 1986 would be surpassed.

        In the View Royal area, water undermined a light post, causing it to fall onto a car. The heavy rains kept emergency lines busy at Victoria's public works department, with the operator there indicating that he had taken up to 20 calls by late evening, all of which were water related. Flooded basements were the most common complaint.

        As of 5 p.m., the Malahat had recorded 119.2 mm of rain, Port Renfrew 137.7 mm and Comox 32.6 mm, and Vancouver and Abbotsford were poised to set new precipitation standards for the most rain ever in a 24-hour period.

        Vancouver saw 62.2 mm of rain by 5 p.m., surpassing the same-day record of 51.3 mm set in 1975.

        The 24-hour record is 89.9 mm set on Christmas Day in 1972. Abbotsford reported 65.8 mm, also surpassing its same-day record of 30.7 mm set in 1975. Abbotsford's all-time 24-hour rainfall record was set Nov. 3, 1971, when 95 mm fell.

        For the first time in months, more water was flowing into the Sooke reservoir than running out through Greater Victoria taps.

        As of Tuesday only about 23 million litres of water a day was flowing down Rithet Creek -- the main feeder of the reservoir.

        By 10 a.m. Thursday, the creek was pouring an estimated 455 million litres a day into the reservoir.

        "It's a phenomenal amount," said Nils Jensen, chairman of the Capital Regional District water supply commission.

        The $20-million Sooke Lake Reservoir expansion, which was completed in January, increased water storage capacity by 80 per cent.

        By the end of May, the reservoir had filled to 70 per cent of its capacity and ended the summer at 35 per cent. Water use was 8.5 per cent above the 10-year average.

        Using the long-range forecasts, there's less than a 50 per cent chance that the new reservoir will fill to capacity this winter, water officials estimate.

        However, a normal winter's rainfall is enough to ensure adequate water supplies next summer, Jensen said.

        "A normal rainfall won't fill up the reservoir but it will certainly give us plenty of extra storage to have on hand for next summer. Which is what it's all about."

        © Copyright 2003 Times Colonist (Victoria)
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        • #5
          HOLY SHEEP DIP BATMAN!!! Judging from the damage, Aspen Rd will be out of commission for quite a while. They won't be able to do much more than temporary access repairs until the rain stops.... sometime around March or April Because even if the rain stops for a day or two, there will still be too much moisture in the ground to be able to affect efficient repairs. I just hope the temp road is strong enough to carry the tanker. That would really suck to have to call in a recovery vehicle to come get us out.... that's just too embarrassing for words.
          If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

          "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

          "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

          Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

          impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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          • #6
            STILL MORE RAIN

            Rains taint wells, flood threat lingers

            Cindy E. Harnett Times Colonist Tuesday, October 21, 2003

            CREDIT: Deddeda Stemler, Times Colonist

            Logan Fisher, 4, front, is unsure about the pumpkin picking conditions at Oldfield Orchards during a St. Joseph's school outing Monday.

            Vancouver Islanders were wet and miserable again Monday as torrential rains contaminated well water, contributed to car crashes and tore up fish spawning beds.

            After a relatively calm weekend, heavy rains and high winds returned, pummelling the south and central Island by morning. By late afternoon the entire Island was under a blanket of rain and grey sky. Victoria saw 62 millimetres come down by late Monday afternoon, and the Malahat saw 80 mm. In total since Thursday, 246 mm of rain has fallen at Victoria International Airport and 320 mm at Port Alberni.

            In Oak Bay and Victoria, basements flooded, causing water pumps to be in demand from stores. The Nanaimo food bank lost two dumpsters worth of food due to flooding. And in Sooke, high tides saw lower roads washed out.

            "At the lower elevations with high water and high tides, the culverts aren't big enough for these 100-year floods," said Richie Howard of JJM Maintenance.

            Residents living adjacent to the Sooke River were also notified they may be asked to leave if water levels increased.

            After record-rainfalls forced the Sooke River to overflow and flood out homes Thursday, well water was tested.

            The results are back and eight out of 10 wells have tested positive for fecal coliform, Sooke Mayor Janet Evans said Monday. That means a boil-water advisory remains in effect in that area.

            However, Greater Victoria residents and Sooke residents on municipal water connections "have nothing to worry about," said Vancouver Island chief medical health officer Richard Stanwick.

            Turbidity -- cloudiness in the water -- has not exceeded guidelines used by the Capital Regional District water division, even at the peak of Thursday's storm, said manager Jack Hull.

            The Sooke reservoir has stayed within water quality guidelines. The health authority considered boosting the water with chlorine but that hasn't been necessary, said Stanwick. "Things are looking good," he said.

            Meanwhile, water supplies are building rapidly. The Sooke reservoir -- Greater Victoria's major source of drinking water -- has risen about 2.5 metres since Thursday and continues to climb. Before the rains started last week, the reservoir was at 35 per cent of capacity; it's now at 50 per cent.

            While rainfall in Victoria and Port Alberni subsided early Monday evening, the capital region was expected to get another 20 to 40 mm of rain overnight -- and a wind warning is in effect for most of the Island. However, that precipitation is expected to dissipate today, dump another load Wednesday, and be gone by Thursday.

            "This next storm is looking like it will be a little shorter lived and nowhere near as intense," said meteorologist Cindy Vallis. "It is expected to break up Thursday, with sunny breaks in the southern half of the Island."

            That couldn't happen fast enough for biologist Peter McCully, of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He said the unrelenting rain has caused rivers to rise and swell -- in turn disturbing salmon beds and interfering with data and fish collection.

            A floating weir used by the Goldstream hatchery to count returning fish has been blown out of the water by high flows. The numbers are vital to DFO as it provides the basis for decision making.

            As well, the water levels are interfering with the number of fish caught.

            "If this goes on much longer we won't be able to catch enough to supply the eggs we need for the hatchery," said McCully.

            As well, while the high water levels in the Goldstream river are encouraging more salmon to leave the estuary and come up to spawn, unfortunately the fast-moving high water threatens to scour out fish beds, swishing around the gravel and displacing salmon eggs.

            At the Sooke hatchery, water is threatening to wash away the ground structure.

            "If this goes on like this for another week, we're in jeopardy of not being able to meet our (egg collection) targets," said McCully.

            On Aspen Road, off the Malahat Drive, residents are again without a road to get out of their neighbourhood. After raging creek waters ripped up Aspen Road on Friday, JJM Maintenance crews began clearing out an old utility road. That detour route was opened for local residents Saturday but was unceremoniously closed again Monday after the low areas were flooded. The near 100 residents of the area were forced to walk in and out of their dead-end subdivision.

            Meanwhile, slick roads and overflowing creeks kept police hopping.

            Saanich police are advising trail users at Colquitz River Park to use caution and be aware of high water levels.

            In the West Shore, slippery roads and fog contributed to a two-vehicle accident. A car went off Kangaroo Road at Sooke Road early Monday, hitting a support pole that then fell on the car behind. The drivers were taken to Victoria General Hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

            Beyond poor road conditions and stinking well water, another major health concern with unusually heavy rains and the shrinking daylight hours is stress, said Stanwick.

            "These are the rains we would normally see in November," said Stanwick.

            A few days of heavy rain is a novelty but beyond that point, some people will become increasingly edgy and lose sleep -- especially those who have lost their homes or belongings due to flooding. Emergency crews working on road repairs or tending to weather-related accidents also will come under increasing pressure.

            "The crews trying to repair the damage become fatigued and that's associated with mishaps," said Stanwick.

            © Copyright 2003 Times Colonist (Victoria)


            **For those of us who don't use metric, 50mm is about equal to 2 inches.**
            If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

            "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

            "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

            Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

            impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

            IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MalahatTwo7
              I just hope the temp road is strong enough to carry the tanker. That would really suck to have to call in a recovery vehicle to come get us out.... that's just too embarrassing for words.
              As bad is it seems, I can provide expert testimony that you will live through it, even if you get it stuck in front of God and everybody while on a mutual aid call.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MalahatTwo7
                I just hope the temp road is strong enough to carry the tanker.
                Well, the temp road was washed away last night, so that sorta sucks.

                Even if it wasn't washed away, there was no way the tanker or even the engine could get down it. It was way to soft. Rescue 4 and Truck 5 are about the only option, which means everyone is going to have to be smart with what they take, and how they use it.

                Scott and Dave (Chief and Deputy) have already taken that all into account, and they are working on what the plan of action, and options are going to be.
                Last edited by firefighter26; 10-21-2003, 04:30 PM.
                "No one ever called the Fire Department for doing something smart..."

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                • #9
                  EFD840, I hear ya on the "will live through it" part. I have already had that misfortune this past weekend.

                  See pic below.... (this is what I do for a 2nd job - and yes, the oil tanker is what I was driving at the time).
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                  If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                  "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                  "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                  Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                  impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                  IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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                  • #10
                    The rain may be easing up on your side of the province, but we are getting nervous over here now. Our creek (river), rose 3.5 ft last night alone. It is within 1.5 ft of the main road now, and no sign of the rain stopping up the valley. The ground is so saturated, we are worried about mudslides as well.

                    I have never seen it this precarious in my 10 years here.

                    First the 100 year fire season, and now the 100 year storm. The Apocalypse is upon us, Repent, Repent!!
                    Never argue with an Idiot. They drag you down to their level, and then beat you with experience!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mcaldwell
                      First the 100 year fire season, and now the 100 year storm.
                      If someone gets evacuated from both the forest fire, and the flood, within a month or two of each other, do they get a prize?????

                      Our Engine has two 2 1/2 discharges on the back... if the water gets any deeper we are just going to take the wheels off, open the hard suction ports (one 6inch on either side).... put the pump in gear and open the two rear outlets....

                      Suck the water in the side, and blast it out the back like a jet boat....

                      We can just feather closed one of the sides individually in order to reduce the pressure, and thus giving us the ability to turn....

                      "No one ever called the Fire Department for doing something smart..."

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                      • #12
                        Is this the wrong time to tell ya its 24 SMOKING! DEGREES????????



                        Seriously though OMG everything is wacky! I hope you guys all stay safe! There's already been 2 deaths
                        September 11th - Never Forget

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                        • #13
                          Meanwhile...back in the States

                          MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - Residents of this northwest
                          Washington farm town frantically piled sandbags Tuesday to protect
                          their homes and businesses from the rising waters of the Skagit
                          River.
                          A day earlier, Seattle endured its rainiest day on record.
                          "I've never seen it like this," Handy Booth, a city building
                          inspector, said Tuesday morning as he got ready to help build a
                          nearly mile-long wall of sandbags 6 feet wide and as high as 6 feet
                          on Main Street, between the river and downtown.
                          Running thick with mud, logs and debris, the Skagit River was
                          forecast to crest here near 37 feet - 9 feet above flood stage.
                          That's slightly lower than the town's previous record, set during a
                          1990 flood.
                          By 9 p.m. Tuesday, the river was at about 36 feet, 8 feet above
                          flood stage, and the sandbag wall was holding.
                          "I think the city of Mount Vernon is safe," said John Pell, a
                          structural engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers. He monitored
                          construction of the sandbag barrier.
                          "I'm glad we got everything done," fire Lt. Tom Scally said
                          Tuesday night. "Now we're keeping our fingers crossed."
                          The Skagit County Public Works Department evacuated homes in
                          low-lying areas, including parts of Mount Vernon, Fir Island near
                          Conway and Gages Slough east of Burlington.
                          Upstream near the town of Concrete, the river crested at 42.2
                          feet - 14.2 feet above flood stage - early Tuesday. The night
                          before, residents of low-lying areas of Concrete, Hamilton and
                          Marblemount were evacuated, said spokesman Ric Boge with the county
                          Public Works Department.
                          About 120 Hamilton residents who live in recreational vehicles
                          drove them to higher ground around a Red Cross shelter set up at
                          Hamilton First Baptist Church Monday night. A handful of people
                          spent the night in the church, said Chris Smith, a Red Cross
                          volunteer.
                          "We were just told there's about four feet in our home," said
                          Colleen Martin, 35. "I just keep wondering how I'm going to
                          replace everything. I had to leave everything - my kids' clothes, I
                          had a brand-new TV ... a brand-new washing machine. ... We were
                          just lucky enough to grab our dogs and our bird."
                          Martin said she's been told she and her family - her fiance, two
                          boys, her mom and stepdad - might have to stay there a week.
                          "There's still a lot of water," Boge said Tuesday afternoon.
                          "Even though it's receding, it still has a ways to go before
                          conditions return to normal."
                          In Mount Vernon, 55 miles north of Seattle, residents scrambled
                          to sandbag the downtown courthouse, shops and the big wall that
                          protects the city against high water on the Skagit, which threatens
                          to flood nearly every winter but also waters some of the lushest
                          farmland in the state.
                          Rick Moreland, 42, and owner of Rick's Just-a-Bite restaurant,
                          grew so frustrated hearing all the flood news he turned off his
                          radio.
                          "I'm scared. I'm worried about what's going to happen,"
                          Moreland said. "But I feel we've done everything we can. It's out
                          of our hands."
                          Northwest of Mount Vernon in Sedro Woolley, United General
                          Hospital evacuated all its staff and patients because of the
                          Skagit's rising waters. About 80 staff members were sandbagging the
                          building, and 17 patients were being taken to Skagit Valley
                          Hospital in Mount Vernon.
                          To the south, the Stillaguamish River overflowed and cut off
                          Silvana from the rest of Snohomish County. The town's water system
                          quit working, so firefighters filled up a makeshift plastic
                          pool-like structure with water so residents wouldn't go thirsty,
                          said Christine Colmore, an official with the county's Emergency
                          Management Department.
                          Flood warnings remained in effect on five rivers: the Skagit;
                          the Snohomish in Snohomish County; the Skokomish in Mason County,
                          northwest of Olympia; the Snoqualmie in King County and the
                          Nooksack in Whatcom County.
                          Floating trees and debris created a massive logjam at the Hewitt
                          Avenue trestle where U.S. 2 crosses the Snohomish River in Everett.
                          State Department of Transportation crews were using a hydraulic
                          crane and three track-mounted backhoes to clear the debris.
                          State Department of Transportation maintenance crews spent the
                          day clearing roadways blocked by mud, rockslides, trees and debris.
                          Several roads remained closed because of flood damage and slides
                          from last week's storm.
                          In 1990, 20 rivers flooded in Western Washington, displacing
                          thousands of people and doing $160 million in damage. That year,
                          the Skagit crested at 40.2 feet in Concrete and 37.4 feet in Mount
                          Vernon. Five years later, the area flooded when the river reached
                          41.57 feet in Concrete and 37.4 feet in Mount Vernon.
                          Monday's heavy rains broke a single calendar day record in
                          Seattle. The National Weather Service said rainfall at
                          Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was 5.02 inches - well over
                          the old mark of 3.41 inches on Nov. 20, 1959. The records date back
                          to 1931.

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                          • #14
                            FF26 and I were discussing which one of us would be placing an ad in the local paper:

                            "Wanted, one large wooden boat. Must be minimum 40 cubits wide, and 100 cubits long and have side ramp loading. Must have carry capacity for one male/female pair of each specices. Please call...... "
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                            If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                            "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                            "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                            Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                            impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                            IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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                            • #15
                              There was a second picture showing a mobile home flooded up to just below the front window...

                              Fish found on floor of trailer after flood

                              CH TV Tuesday, October 21, 2003 CREDIT: CH TV

                              A still photo from a CH viewer video of the flood as seen from one of the trailers.

                              One man found a fish on the floor of his trailer after the floodwaters abated.

                              Record rainfall caused a Central Saanich trailer park to flood Monday night.

                              Rain from around the area collected at Cedar Meadows Mobile Home Park, which is on low-lying land along Mount Newton Cross Road. High tide and a nearby creek added to the flow.

                              The water crept up the front steps and into several homes. In some places the water was so high that residents used canoes to get to and from the front door.

                              Debbie Wigger's home was among several trailers ruined by water damage.

                              "I mean, this is our whole life. We have nothing. It's gone," Wiggins says. "All my kids' pictures ... everything is ruined."

                              The water was reportedly about three and a half feet deep within half and hour.

                              Trailer park resident Doug Walker found a tiny fish on the floor of his home.

                              Walker says the water was up to his waist when he came home from work Monday night. Inside his home, the water lapped the bottom of his cupboards.

                              His freezer, which was full of food, was carried away by the flood. Although the dryer stayed put inside his home, Walker later found muddy water inside it.

                              Gord Martman Excavating employee John Hermsen borrowed an excavator from the company to drain the water into a nearby creek. He says if he hadn't done it, his parents' home would have been underwater.

                              Hermsen dug down three metres, and the floodwaters cleared in 45 minutes. While the water has abated, the damage is permanent.

                              It will take several days for the waterlogged homes to dry out.

                              The residents believe the flood could have been prevented.

                              The land belongs to the Tsowaot Band, and residents say if there was better drainage, the disaster wouldn't have happened.

                              "We've been after people to get this fixed for quite a few years," Hermsen says. "This is a good example of what we were worried about."

                              Property manager Vivian Hermsen blames other causes.

                              "A lot of it is the development that's been going on around the municpality," Hermsen says. "The water has to go somewhere, and it has to come through this culvert we have down here, and the culvert just couldn't carry it."

                              John Hermsen is digging a permanent culvert which should prevent future floods.

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