Finally in the clear
We don’t expect any more flooding at this time. The pigs are back to their usual feed and market schedule. The culvert has been replaced, the driveway is mostly fixed, and the fences are repaired. Thank you to everyone for your understanding and support during the floods. You are keeping our family farm running!
Update Feb 7
Our neighbors called us at 2:30 am early Wednesday morning to warn us about the flood. We quickly dressed and ran outside. We could hear the roar of the water passing through, and as the nearly full moon shone through the parting clouds we could see a river coursing over the whole midsection of the farm.
Facebook link for video and Weather Channel interview on January 11
Flash Flood #2
Flash Flood #1
Buy more pork! We made this page because people have been asking us how they can help. If you don’t live close enough, donations are another way you can support this local family farm.
Donations go directly to farm repairs.
5,000 feet of fencing at about $1.50 per foot (t-posts, 4×4 treated posts, hog wire, electric fence wire and insulators)
Road culvert: $1,000 – Finished! Thank you
Rock for roadway: 5 truckloads at $600 each
Sausage Sale Sale to offset flood costs. We’re selling one pound packs of Mushroom Brats: buy two, get $5 off
The floods are over, we’ve rebuilt almost everything: fences, roads, pig shelters. The pigs have all the fun foods back on the menu (veggies galore!) Thank you so much for your understanding and support!
Feb 9 -After the second flood, the driveway is impassable for cars again. We’re using the tractor as a ferry across the mud to get to our cars parked up by the gate.
The new culvert pipe is still in place! The material around it hadn’t had time to compact well, so a lot washed away. We still have a little roadbed material, but we’ll need to truck in a lot more for repairs.
The fence posts should arrive today.
We’re trucking in extra dry bedding for the pigs. They love the mud, but they still need a dry place to sleep. The big truck can’t get through the mud so we reload the bedding into a smaller vehicle to bring it to the pigs.
So many varmints! They’re displaced by the flood water and they eat the pig food. The cats are doing the best they can. Moppet proudly displays her giant field mice at the front door, then is upset when we don’t let her bring them inside.
Feb 7 – Still awaiting shipment of electric fence posts (they shipped me 6 posts instead of 6 cases of posts). Trying to bring in new dry bedding is an effort since the trucks are heavy and the roads are saturated. I have to reload and drive a smaller truck over the deep muddy tracks.
Cleaning up from the debris flow has been hampered because of the deep mud. The tractor has gotten stuck several times.
Replacing the culvert under the road
Jan 17 – One of our suppliers has an oversupply of feed. We’re trucking it in as fast as we can!
Jan 13, 14 – We’re repairing the driveway. The pigs are digging out the beets that got carried away and “replanted” by the floodwater. There are still some walnuts in the pile of walnut hulls that didn’t wash away. Their diet doesn’t have the variety they’re used to since their veggies washed away, but there’s enough food for the piggies and we’re hauling more in.
Jan 12 – Today we’re trucking in more feed. We can’t take it all the way down the driveway, but we can dump it just inside the gate.