Sunday, June 29, 2008

Canada Geese On Flooded Missouri

These Canada Geese are at home on the flooded Missouri.

John 16:33
"These things I have spoken to you,
that in Me you may have peace.
In the world you have tribulation,
but take courage; I have overcome the world."

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Hike Before Thunderstorm

A cloudy front came through from the north with force. My dog Molly and I got out and instead of heading for the woods we went to a hill overlooking the sky to the north.

The strong wind blew from the north for about 5 minutes then calmed down.

We had hiked up through uncut grass about knee high. Molly walked through it with her head held high.

Here are a couple of photos showing the storm approaching.

After the wind died down we inspected a row of trees along a gully. We then hiked back up a hill towards this hackberry tree. The tree provided shelter to jot down some notes. Soon after I got to the tree the thunder claps started to roll one after the another.

Wind through the trees and grass makes a soothing background sound to thunder in the sky. At this point an occasional raindrop hits me. Then the wind picks up again with a little more rain. The sky is starting to get darker. As I look to the east I can see a break in the clouds along the horizon but all above shows storms.

We headed back to the car as the rain started to fall faster. We went over to a row of trees that sheltered us from the north wind and rain as we walked. Finally at the bottom of the hill we were in a deluge. Se we ran up a steep embankment to the car.

The hike was exhilarating.

Proverbs 25:13
"Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest Is a faithful messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters."

Friday, June 27, 2008

Summer Woods Obstacles

Why do I like to hike in the woods in the heat of the summer? I have to put up with these stick tites though the seeds have not come out yet. When they do my pants are covered with them.

Other things that would keep people from going into the woods in the summer are:
Sweat from the humidity and heat.
Cobwebs in my face.
Spiders getting on my neck.
Poison ivy (it has not bothered me, but I stay clear when I can)
thirst (the water I carry is warm when I drink it)
When I was climbing out of a creek I reached up on a bank and my hands burned from the poison of a weed I touched.
Obstructed view.
Logs hidden under weeds that present a tripping hazard.
Ants that bite when I sit down to rest.

Here is my dog below me, getting some needed water. This shows the steepness of what I hike in.

In spite of all this I still hike in the summer woods. Why? Because I love it. I don't notice these problems much because I am focused on other things.

Jesus asks us to follow Him and this sometimes will entail some problems. If we love Him we will overlook the problems to be a help to other people.

2 Timothy 1:8
". . . but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God."

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Survive Flooding

Black willow (most likely) in its element. High water and flooding.

Reading a report that listed trees that can survive flooding of more than one year.

These trees came from a study in the Missouri river and lower Mississippi river after the 1993 flood.

Water hickory
Button brush
Swamp privet
Green ash
Water locust
Deciduous holly
Water elm
Overcup oak
Nuttall oak
Black willow
Bald cypress.

Job 27:18-20
" He has built his house like the spider’s web,
Or as a hut which the watchman has made.
He lies down rich, but never again;
He opens his eyes, and it is no longer.
Terrors overtake him like a flood;
A tempest steals him away in the night. "

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


I got my camera back from the shop.

Missouri River is Down

From what I can tell there is a 7 foot drop from the high water to the current Missouri river level.

Public Works had just finished cleaning up the area when I got there. You can still see the high water mark on the pavement and the dead grass above.

Psalm 3:1,2,3
"Many are rising up against me,
Many are saying of my soul,
There is no deliverance for him in God.
But You O Lord are a shield about me."

Monday, June 23, 2008

Indian Mound

Here is an Indian burial mound in Kansas City. My family took a trip through Iowa and saw many burial mounds through the state.

Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Mud Covered Turttle

During this flood season I came across this mud covered turtle. Notice you can't see the pattern on its back. This may mean the turtle has been through some flooded areas to get here. I am not far from the Missouri river which is about 20' above normal. The river is about 5 feet below the elevation of where I am standing.

Floods are never nice and they are not clean. Nothing is built by floods only devastation. But floods are predictable. They happen during times of rain. And they happen near rivers.

Do we protect ourselves against devastation? Or do we ignore the warnings and go full speed ahead?

Jesus has given us many words to live by in the Bible. I pray I don't completely ignore them.

Matthew 7:26,27
"Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and floods came, and winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell-and great was its fall."

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Iowa has much more flooding but there are some signs of flooding along the Missouri river.
The boat ramp is to the left of the solar powered pole.

The brush out in the river marks the normal bank before flooding.

Job 27:20
" Terrors overtake him like a flood; A tempest steals him away in the night.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Missouri River Flood Projections

Here is a link to the Missouri river watershed flood projections.


What causes flooding?
Obviously excess of rain will cause flooding. Rain over a period of time will cause the ground to be saturated. Then when more rain comes the ground can't soak up any moisture so the new rain runs off.

Building in the flood plain will cause flooding of course. People don't realize that the river won't always be at its normal low level. The river has different stages of flow. Drought, normal rain heavy rain excessive rain.

One thing to consider is how much is it raining upstream. All the rain in the watershed will come down the river at some point. Except for lakes and evaporation.

Building upstream will decrease the ability of the land to absorb water. Each parking lot, driveway and house was taken from the available acreage to absorb water. The water then that would have been held by the soil will now run off into the areas drainage system.

So a creek that at first, seemed like a peaceful creek and handled heavy rain easily will now be a raging tyrant in a slightly heavy rain because of the development upstream. People that have built houses by this picturesque stream now have a house next to an ugly monster during heavy rainfall.

Levies will hold flooding back. It will also allow the lowlands to be used. The problem with levies is they don't allow the low ground to store water to keep the flood manageable. Now when levies are in place the water that would have sat [stored] in low ground continues on down stream putting more pressure by increasing the flood potential down stream.

So it seems that flood protection works in moderate flood conditions but is counterproductive in high flood conditions. Now with levies, a 100 year flood event will occur more often then 100 years.

Instead of trying to protect against floods it is better to understand flooding as a part of life and not build in the flood plain. The flood plain should be used for nature and low cost recreational activities. Then after a flood these areas could be rebuilt such as ball diamonds, trails etc.