Road Runoff in Fawnskin

Neighbor Art stopped to say hello to me on the Grout Creek bridge during my amble down to Amangela’s yesterday…Fawnskin Folks are pretty darn friendly!

Although I never got super sick with the Big Bear crud, I think I did get a touch of something with symptoms of weakness and occasional coughing fits and so I’ve stayed close to home working on websites and other such creations. However, yesterday I walked into town to catch up with a pal from the other side of the valley (almost the other side anyway).

Grout Creek is raging!

Amanagela’s was packed. In fact, the past few times I have been down there it has been bustling. They attract a pretty good lunch crowd with their bagel sandwiches, soups, salads, smoothies, and other offerings.

Anyway, on my way down I managed to get an eyeful. As usual, there is no place for the runoff water to go and so the streams are damaging the road. A few years ago this phenomena turned parts of Brookside and Mohawk into raging rapids–flooding homes and making street usage dangerous–if not impossible.

The problem is that drains are blocked across town, and in some cases, there is nothing in the road design to handle the runoff caused by the melting snow and the water moving down hill. This problem is faced by most areas adjacent to the forest.

Over on Rim of the World, the melt that does not end up in Grout Creek gets channeled by the berms right into the Triangle and down the street in front of Herb’s place (discussed previously).

Here are a few snaps for you to see what is happening. I began taking pictures at the intersection and then down the street. A few snaps are of the water draining into the channel in front of the houses on the South side of Mohawk and then overflowing back onto the street.

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If you live near a drainage area, take a few minutes and break open the berm so the water drains easily. If you look closely, you can see how the water has created channels under the berms to move down hill–cutting the berms and cutting into the road in some cases.

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