|Gratuitious Redeye photo inserted here for the thumbnail in blogroll previews|
There's a small creek that flows out of the state park where I work and through the suburban area where we now live. A short section of it flows along the edge of our neighborhood subdivision, although our house isn't really that close to it... which is probably a really good thing... given what occurred earlier this week.
Approximately six inches of rain fell overnight from late Sunday through early Monday morning. That's a lot of rain in short order... which inevitably means flash flooding.
We are very fortunate that our house wasn't flooded, because there were several homes in our neighborhood (close to the creek) that were.
Here are a few pictures of the raging creek...
|The "creek" at the spillway from the state park lake- typically a trickle|
|The "creek" flooding a parking lot just below the state park|
|The view from the bridge that leads into our neighborhood|
|The flooded neighborhood park; the creek is normally within that line of riparian trees|
|Anybody want to swim in the neighborhood pool? Wait... where is it?|
The was the first Redeye Bass that Kelly caught from our new neighborhood creek in late February...
and this was the second...
|Closeup of that stunning red eye above|
If you know anything about Redeyes, you know that this is actually a "big" one... especially from such a small (under normal circumstances) creek. The Alabama state (and presumably World) record is just a little over 3 lbs.
I really hope the recent flood didn't wash away any of the Redeyes in the 'hood. They're not a species that is particularly fond of siltation and/or dirty water... so I'm also hopeful that we won't have any more unusually heavy rainfall in the coming days.
I'm sure the Redeyes are still there... they're tough little fish after all, but this wasn't good for the habitat or the fish.