The rivers are rising! Last week’s hot weather seems to have resulted in a fast melt of the high ground snow pack. Cows from dairy farms in the eastern valley are being evacuated in large numbers, and are being moved to higher ground. Lucky and her husband and children are sand-bagging their house on the dike, their immediate neighbours are removing and plugging toilets and moving belongings to higher levels in their houses. 40 or so families who live in the flood plain in our community are on evacuation alert.
Rumpole and I drove down to the river, quite some distance from our place. It is running high and very fast. it has been raining here for the past few days- that kind of intense spring rain accompanied by thunder and lightning. The rain looks as if it is here to stay for a couple more days, and the vegetation does need it.
What if the flood does come and is the expected high? Will the many blueberry farms, all on low land surrounded by diking, be inundated? If the worst happens how much damage will be done to the vigorous fields of bushes which provide a living to these farmers?
We have friends who have a farm a fifteen minute walk downhill from our house. They have a herd of fallow deer, with a number of young this time of year. How will they manage?
Now the wait is on, with it the hope for respite and reprieve for all of our neighbours threatened by this flooding.