Had a feeling last night that it’s going to flood. So I went out in the rain and howling wind to move the car and point it outside, so that if it does flood, the water will not wash into the exhaust.

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When I woke up this morning… The wind was howling with top gust speed of 33 knots. That is just 61 kph, I can feel the house trembling laying down in bed. Wondering if my trees out there is still standing talk, I got out of bed to find out…

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I have slept through the most stressful part of the flood, the beginning.

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The water level was slowly receding as I washed up. The raised garden beds served their purpose. As I write this, 63.5mm of rain has fallen so far.

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Caesar went out to scout the property, and probably looking for the road kill rabbit that he brought home yesterday. This is the first time I spent the entire event on the Orchard Cottage, and I got to make some meaningful observation.

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That’s my personal Niagara Falls. Existing waterfalls on the hills are going for it, and streams formed along the hill gullies. To reduce the impact of flooding on the property, I need to slow the water down, and divert them around the property. Thus, I am going to do the Belgian Fence on a raised mound, like a berm. And standby sandbags to put along the gate.

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The water is low enough for me to go out and stake down some of the trees. Had a walk around the place and did some gardening. Can’t help it. We shall see how that new swale work out.

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That’s the rainfall last week, taken in the morning yesterday.

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The Orchard Cottage, where resilience is not an option.

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