This blog originates on the banks of the Atchafalaya River, in Louisiana. It proposes to share the things that happen on and by the river as the seasons progress. As the river changes from quiet, warm, slow flow to rises of eighteen feet or more, there are changes in the lives of the birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles that use the river. And the mood of the river changes with the seasons. I propose to note and comment on these things.

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Location: Butte La Rose, Louisiana, United States

I transitioned a few years ago from a career as a water-pollution control biologist. I want to do this blog to stay in touch with a world outside my everyday surroundings, whatever they may be. I like open-minded company and the discussion of ideas. Photo by Brad Moon.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Gustav Gone

Yes, it came and visited for a day and then left without even saying thank you for the hospitality. And it used so much electricity while it was here that we had none for a week. Very ungrateful company, I think.

It did leave us with an abundant supply of fire wood, if you choose to render it the proper size. All in all, about 25 trees are either down on the ground or damaged so badly that they really should be shot and put out of their misery. We are currently delivering that kindness with Poulan and Stihl 16-inch instruments. You can almost hear the previously-shaded grass “Ohhhh, I can grow now!” in the new sunny places. The biggest grass we have, bamboo, did not fare well in the wind.

The dock stayed where it was tied, how I really don’t know. The wind topped out at about 90 mph gusts from directly across the river and should have blown the dock and everything up on the bank, but it didn’t. Of the eight ropes I had tied it with, only one was snapped. Go figure.

The river is at 7.0 feet at the Butte La Rose gauge, falling slowly. It didn’t rise for the storm. The Mississippi and Ohio are both rising big but shouldn’t last long.

Rise and Shine, Jim


Blogger bassboat said...

well glad no one was hurt and glad that it was only trees, they will grow back in 100years anyway. gustav's brother ike is paying texas a visit. the hurricane will make land fall in galveston and continue up to houston. In our area we and going to recieve winds between 60-90mph with rain. we do have a lot of dead trees standing but not for long. we will keep you posted after the storm passes.

September 11, 2008 1:49 PM  
Blogger Bryant said...

Hope things are getting back to normal. Our part of Lake Charles made it through Ike OK.

September 16, 2008 9:46 AM  
Blogger Bud Forester said...

Thanks, Jim, for the update on Gustav; hope you fared OK with Ike, too. Sounds like our neighbors in Texas are suffering from that one. Ike was not too bad here in Baton Rouge: everything weak had been blown down already, and Ike didn’t bring great quantities of rain. Baton Rouge is slowly recovering from Gustav. Most of the streets are passable now, and most of the traffic signals are working. Some areas still don’t have power, and there are a number of blue tarps on roofs. I was grateful to be so fortunate: no significant damage at home, only a week to get power restored, and about two weeks to get the cable back. Today, they hauled off my curbside mountain of debris. I hope this cool front signifies the end to Hurricane Season!

September 20, 2008 7:00 PM  

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