You’ve been missing our little updates, haven’t you? They’ve been working around the bend lately and I only see them coming and going. For the last two days, the workers have been coming to the staging site (now with 30 yard dumpster!) near the port-a-potty and picking up big saws of the kind that cut tile and concrete to take to the work area. This is the creek today:
I used Sami’s phone to take that picture and when I hooked it to the laptop to download, I found that he has been doing his own photo documentation. He’s been telling me that if I could see what is going on with the shed from the other side that I would be more worried. Well I see it now and he was right.
Sleep easy, Suzette.
So they decided to make weirs at period intervals to stop the forward rush of water and thus erosion. I don’t think anyone on this project ever saw what happens here when it rains. The water gushes out of the big pipe and tears away the soil on our property and then loses it’s force as it goes along.The first weir is two houses down. They are treating this as if it was a body of water with a constant supply. A genuine creek, in other words.
Here is the original concrete drain pipe that brings the storm drain runoff which is the source of the erosion. You can see the disparity between the diameter of the permanent pipe and that of the plastic one. This was taken before the pipes were connected and covered with dirt. Did I mention that during a rain storm when we had 1/2″ of rain in half an hour, the buried pipe blew apart from the pressure and made a geyser in my neighbor’s backyard? Don’t you think that would be some kind of clue about what happens when it rains – that it’s not just a creek that gets higher for a while?
I am having a crisis of confidence in the skill and expertise of the township engineer who designed the project and the contracting company that is implementing it. Grave suspicion that kindergartners were involved.
ADDENDUM: I want to make it clear that I don’t blame the creek workers. I blame the knucklehead engineer who designed this thing.