We are alive and well. The Eye of the storm passed over us around 9AM, but there was not much here in the way of wind. I have been in the cellar bailing out the water. The neighbor has directed his drains towards our property. We never had much of a problem before, but now I have to bail every time it rains. It is time for a sump pump.

I filled a 5 gallon bucket 20 times so far and it has brought the water down a couple of inches and I will go down and do another 100 gallons as soon as I get a little rest.

Bardonia road is closed because the Germonds Creek has overflowed its banks and is a foot above the bridge. The backed up water broke out of Bardonia road onto Germonds Road as I watched, and now the road in front of the house has two feet of water. Idiots keep trying to make it though and there are a bunch of stalled cars up and down the street.

The only trees down were way in the back near the cemetery. They were Elm trees. Elms are rare since Dutch Elm disease. These were diseased and went over in the rain and wind. I am sorry to see them go.

The bees are all in good shape. I put cinder blocks on the top of them to hold them down. The back yard has several inches of water. The ground is saturated so it is tough to walk around the yard.


  1. Justine wrote:

    I dont understand why the bees dont blow away. I understand that the blocks would hold down the hive, but wouldnt any bees near the entrance get blown away?

    Monday, August 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Permalink
  2. Keith wrote:

    Some bees do get blown away. They are good flyers, though and usually make it back. The wind here was not so bad. We didn’t lose many trees or branches. The bees went home and, for the most part, just sat in the hive waiting for it to be safe to go out.

    The queen lays thousands of eggs a day. There is high turnover in bees. Many go out looking for pollen and never return. Birds catch the bees and eat them. The neighbors pour poisons on their plants, killing my bees. The queen keeps up with the losses. The hives can lose a few hundred workers to the wind, but they will never notice it.

    Monday, August 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Permalink
  3. Jim wrote:

    Glad your ok. We don’t get a lot of active weather here in Edmonton but its been a dry couple of months. Was most of the water in your basement a result of flooding or your neighbors run off? Maybe your neighbor got stung by one of your bees. Anyway, glad your alright.

    Monday, August 29, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Permalink