The water creates rapids and leaves a pleasant swampy lake, large enough to grow algae. The rain has also caused some basement flooding. We spent all last weekend cleaning out wet stuff, scrubbing the floor, gathering garbage, and just trying to salvage what we can.
To help with this situation, Ted devised a plan. Enter: 2 dump trucks of top soil, a bob-cat, a jack hammer, land scaping stones, wheelbarrows and shovels, and a ton of sweat.
The plan was flawless. Well, except for the unexpected weather shift! Before clearing all the dirt from the driveway and settling it in its proper place, we experienced an unpredicted downfall. Luckily, the lake didn't return, but the evil river washed a portion of our dirt away. Oh yeah. Did you also know that top soil makes a great cement? It turns to thick, sticky mud, and then to a hard concrete.
Now our lake is gone, but "cement" slabs have taken its place. The rain pictures above were actually take post-dirt laying. We are not quite sure where to go from here, but the future looks brightly filled with sod, grass seed, and many phone calls to our metropolitan sewer district pleading for help. Wish us luck!