Friday, September 12, 2008

Our new Gustav-proof landscaping!

Arkansas is a breathtakingly beautiful state. We love living here.




There are downsides, though.




(To see what past storms have accomplished in our yard, visit my posts about the April 3 tornadoes here and here.)

Fast forward four months.

When we came back from our visit out west last month, I woke up the next morning and looked out my bedroom window to see this:


Yes, the city had finally come to fix what should have been fixed before developers were ever allowed to build here. Yay! (?)

They're planning to install a new culvert under the road that will go under our front lawn and out the side where we already have a drainage ditch. They have put up a temporary chain link fence because they say it won't be done for several months. (Joy.) Hey, don't get me wrong, though. I am GLAD they are fixing the problem! We got about SIX INCHES of rain in two days last week from Gustav, and had no flooding in our yard. Yippee!

Meanwhile, here's what our front yard currently looks like, as seen from the street:


(This picture was taken just after a rainstorm on 8/20/08)

We'll see how it handles Ike this weekend. . . .


Becky said...[Reply to comment]

Rains headed your way. Sure wish we could have had some rain. It has been windy last night and today, and overcast until the sun came out a couple of hours ago. But no rain.

Mom/Nana/A. Nancy said...[Reply to comment]

Wow! Thanks for the pictures. It was hard to visualize in my mind what kind of repairs they were making. They are major. From all the water after the rain it looks like their idea is working. Good luck with the rains, the repairs and life!

snbjork said...[Reply to comment]

Construction is always bittersweet, isn't it? We have a tendency to complain about things that need to be fixed, then when the city finally starts working on them we complain that there's a mess. Of course, the really frustrating part is that the repairs always seem to take 15 times longer than it seems they should!

But, I am glad they are making some repairs that obviously need to be done! Good for you for being so patient!

When are you coming to visit?

Jen said...[Reply to comment]

Wow, Michelle you said they had ripped out a corner of your yard... I had no idea how extensive this repair job was. I hope everything gets sorted out soon.

Andre said...[Reply to comment]

My husband really wants to see a live tornado. Maybe I should send him out your way.