Water Roars Down Christopher Creek

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

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Last Wednesday the sky opened up and it poured on us, and since then, it's been raining every day.

The creeks were really overflowing, but not with just water.

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Children stand on the bridge over a swollen Christopher Creek.

Hunter Creek carried all kinds of limbs and large trees along the way. Neighbors were out after the storm, cleaning up the mess.

Garrett and Kaelyn Christofferson, Sabrina McGee and Frankie Jo Marazza were some of the younger ones clearing the roads of some very large debris that was left from the storm.

On one of the bridges a very large oak washed across and blocked the road. Hunter Creek was bone-dry till the storm hit, then it overflowed and made it a little scary for residents along the path.

Brad and Shannon McGee's driveway got a little flooded and if their neighbors Richard and Judy Dirks would not have put in a retaining wall, I think they would have seen some water in their home.

When the water came through that area, it came extremely fast. Hunter Creek went from bone-dry to almost-flood stage, in a matter of hours. The water roared down the creek, carrying everything with it.

I took a ride down to Christopher Creek to the car wash area to check it out. When I got there, Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department had already taped it off, so no one would drive across it. Can you believe someone would drive across it without the tape?

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A very big thank you goes out to all the Christopher Creek residents, especially the children, who took time painting the community room at the firehall in July.

It was running pretty good. The only thing different was the water was black.

As I stood there, it finally dawned on me that the reason the water was so black was because it was the ash washing off from the Promontory Fire. It wasn't a pretty sight, but it didn't look as if it had caused any problems. John Zaleska's home was still standing, and that is a good sign.

John has the home right at the car wash, whose deck pillars are sometimes in the water. In past years we have taken some pretty scary pictures of John's home, thinking he might lose his deck, but it looks like you are safe this year, so far John.

July's rainfall was 6.14 inches -- Enough to open the forest to campfire.

It is a wonderful blessing to see all the rain and not have to worry so much about wildfires for now. It does not look like there is going to be an end to the rainfall anytime soon, but we will take all we can get.

The Firebelles have their meetings every second Monday at 10 a.m., for anyone who would like to attend and get involved with them.

The next function for the Firebelles will be on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the fire hall. They will have a root beer float and Casino Bingo night at 7 p.m. for everyone to enjoy.

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