This was a year of floods. The first one, in late January, broke-up the ice jam on the river.

Notice that the little fisher girl statue on the left is sitting in water. In the big flood in late April, she is completely under water. She ordinarily sits on the bank, with the river flowing several feet below.

Flooding is normal here. Although our property around the pond is in the flood plain, most of our yard, from the lamp-post by the barn (to the left in the photo below) and our house, are outside the rising waters.

Above is a view of the second flood, occurring on April 13th. It, like the first flood in January, came up to about 3 feet from the pond. Our neighbor to our left's pond is lower than ours, and is the first to flood. The neighbor to our right's pond is too high to flood. So far.

The photos below show the third flood. The big one which overwhelmed the pond on April 20th. The first two photos show the muddy river water entering the pond in several places. In the second set, you can see how our neighbor's pond and ours have merged. The dock is almost under water, and the far bank of the pond is completely covered over. Lee had just a few days earlier poured dye into the pond to help prevent weed growth. But the dye moved out as the river water moved in. In full flood, the only way we knew our pond existed was that the pond water retained some blue dye.

We thought the water was still cold enough that the flooding woudn't affect our Koi. But when we finally could see through the muddy water, and the water warmed enough to feed them, we counted only 4 Koi. Last year we had 12. This Summer, we found several hanging around the little stream we created that takes the excess water from the pond and empties it into the river, but we could not catch them.

The final set of photos are the aftermath of the fourth flood, which happened in August. An unusual time for flooding as the river is usually very low by then. But what sets this flood apart from others is that it dumped a very large dead ash tree along our bank. Our arborist had to do some creative thinking to cut the tree up and haul it away, using his equipment.

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