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Old 11-09-2010, 10:43 AM
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I don't want to hijack the leaf collection thread so here is an update.

As of this morning we have received just over 12" of rain in less than a week, that is unheard of. I grew up in an area prone to spring floods but this has never happened in the history of where I have lived for 22 years.

This morning's update is a fairly main road that we use to get to over 90% of our jobs is closed, the bridges are no longer safe, a dam is about to let go however it is quite a few miles from me.

I am on high ground although I have three culverts in my driveway, I walked the dog again this morning and these 18" culverts are running half full, that is an insane amount of water and I don't think I have even seen that in a spring run off.

I'm great and safe and dry, working in the workshop on Christmas orders as I doubt we will be able to do any kind of services we offer for the rest of the year, maybe wood chipping but it will take a good dry week before we can do anything at all.

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Holy crow, it's like out of a disaster movie!

I hope you have a boat sitting on your roof , lol... just incase!
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I would think you would be hearing your phone ring off the hook for tree work now.

WOW that is a lot of water!

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I would think you would be hearing your phone ring off the hook for tree work now.

WOW that is a lot of water!

It has been 26 inquiries today alone but we can't do anything for anyone until this clears up, I think we are at 14" of rain now, I took an alternate route to check on an excavator and tractor, they are fine but what a job getting there.
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I was shocked at the amount of water along the way, beautiful baseball fields operated by the city but also used for soccer, one had water almost to the top of the net.

Stopped by one client where we are to remove his floating dock, this is a service we offer this time of the year, great money and generally I only need a helper and a small tractor with a loader but the lake levels are higher than the wharf's leading to the docks that I looked at making it too dangerous for now.

I honestly suspect all operations are now shut down, it was a good year for us so now I can put things away once the sun comes out and focus on woodworking until March.

We may still do a few wood chipping jobs but that is it.
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WOW! It looks like the houses are floating away!

I bet you are going to be swamped with cleanup issues when this all finally drains away!

So much for a calm Fall/Winter!
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WOW! It looks like the houses are floating away!

I bet you are going to be swamped with cleanup issues when this all finally drains away!

So much for a calm Fall/Winter!
We are going to shut down Steve, the weather here is going to change in a heartbeat, we generally have snow by now. The last thing I want to do is get into a drain job and all of a sudden the temps drop and we get snow, this happened to me on two sites last fall in early November and I said never again.

Two of the houses are clients where we have done work at, both tree and lawn work. The really nice house was just a drive by in an area we work. The water will now start to drop and it looks like four days of sun so we will finish jobs we had on the go before this all hit. All excavation jobs were finished and the excavators ready to start new ones but I feared the outlook 10 days ago and brought just about everything home.

Today the guys are finishing an inter locking driveway, tomorrow and Monday, perhaps into Tuesday they are cutting and chipping but that is it, the excavators and most of the tractors are being put away. Met with staff yesterday, which was raining again, and informed them and they agreed.

It will take days for the leaves to dry up and the weather outlook for next week is not good. Even this morning it was down to 2 degrees C, that is around 36F, I have started working on Christmas orders in the workshop, that is where my heart and mind is and will stay for the rest of this year.
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I am happy that you have something you really enjoy doing over the winter like that. It's great having a wide variety of hobbies and interests! It keeps everything fresh!
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I am happy that you have something you really enjoy doing over the winter like that. It's great having a wide variety of hobbies and interests! It keeps everything fresh!
Very true and it was a long season for us, we started in March and will finish the last wood chipping job Monday. Personally I am in the shop, the guys can finish up and it's late for me to be getting at Christmas production.

In January to March I make enough product to fill internet orders through the summer but we generally run out by August....So you come into the season with lots of back orders which is great.
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