Understanding Dobbyn Creek
Following what has happened at Dobbyn Creek is difficult. So above is a map demonstration from Mikal Jakubal and below is a photo and caption piece from Jesi Elmore that will take you creekside!
Sunday – April 3, 2011
Slide starting to pinch off Dobbyn Creek and force water into county bridge abutments and landowners’ property.
Lower end of slide. Note island with picnic table.
Starting to divert water away from upper end of island.
Monday – April 4, 2011
Lower portion of slide has crowded picnic table island from lake water backing up and causing more pressure.
Widening channel to drop water height and slow the energy of the water down.
Slide pinching off Dobbyn Creek.
Logs and rock placed to divert water.
Picnic table island rapidly disappearing from more pressure and higher water levels in the lake. Channel width maintained.
Water levels rising. Continue to add height to the dike. The dike is a means to keep the water from eating away the property.
Upper end of dike working great. Continuing to divert water.
More woody debris in place to assist water direction and to slow water down.
Water height and speed still rising and running faster, water running over the bridge. Water is starting to runn out of the bank in the lower right hand side of this picture. Excavator is helping water flow in an additional channel to drop water level in lake.
Additional channel flowing lake water.
Water in this photo dropping in speed and height.
This photo is from shortly after the secondary channel had been opened.
Water dropped enough to take immediate danger away from the front of the house.
Now go to Ernie’s for more Dobbyn Creek.