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Old 06-07-2011, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Shoot, mount a Ruger 10/22 to the forward area on a swivel mount and your in business!
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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From SPOTTED KNAPWEED CONTROL (http://www.msuextension.org/ruralliving/weeds_spotted_control.html - broken link)

"Hand pulling of knapweed can be effective as long as the weed puller does not wear out."

Gee, ya think??!
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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This is getting old.

For several days now, snow has melted on the mountain and during the night, the River rises, so come moring, the water is flooding. Then by late afternoon, the water recedes.

This morning, it is deeper then it's ever been. Until now, I haven't been concerned because we took time and put everything up, sand bagged what was needed. Now the water is running over sand bags and it's starting to get into stuff we'd rather didn't get wet.

This is deeper then we've ever seen around here.
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Old 06-08-2011, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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I hear you Elkhunter.

I went home last night and the creek which has about a 5 foot concrete bank through town, was just barely below level with the top of the banks.

In 1982 the dam at ASARCO broke and the water took out 150 feet of rail bed, crossed the highway and went through town.

I have been in that house since 1996, and only once have I felt threatened by flood and that was because Ice was jamming the creek early one spring, but some excavators pulled the jam apart and we were fine.

That creek right now looks like a log flume with whitewater. It is really rolling.
We just have all the pictures, important papers, clothes, and some treasured items like my chainsaw loaded and ready to go. I knew it was a flood plain when we bought the place, but it is in the middle of town and it was what I could afford at the time, so I took the precaution of maxing out my flood insurance so if we do get hit, pretty much everything can be replaced.

I have to admit that the creek is so high it makes me nervous flushing the toilet as I am worried about raising the creek any more

Don't club those prairie dogs Elkhunter, use a harpoon

Good Luck to everybody this year, looks like Waterworld out there.
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Old 06-08-2011, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Montana
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Go ahead and bait your hook, one who has opportunity to eat must take advantage
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Old 06-08-2011, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Now I'm drying out. Neighbors truck was setting in the water up past the hubs. I had pulled the thermostat housing because it leaked, the night before. She picked up a new gasket while in town. She was getting nervous about it setting in the water but I told her it was fine. Truck has a lift kit so the frame of the truck was about 8 inches above the water. But, she was nervous and wanted me to put the gasket in so she could start it up and move it. I told her I wasn't going to stand out there in the water and work on her stupid truck.

So I backed up to it and threw a chain on her and pulled it to higher ground. I'm wasn't sure just how stupid I was until I did that. I had to get out of my truck, wade through the water, hook up the chain and drag her to higher ground. Then I stood out there in the rain and put in the new gasket, put some good ole hoober goober on it and put everything back together. She fired it up and let it run until it warmed up, I topped it off and she parked it in a better spot.

My boots are full of water because I walked through knee high water to hook her up. I'm soaked to the bone working on it in the rain. Now I'm drinkiing coffe and air drying. hahahaha I even started the furnace back up in the cabin. 63F in the cabin was confortable when I was dry, but it sucks when your wet. Plus, the water out there is snow melt so it's about 32 and a half degrees, I swear. hahahahah When it warms up in here I'm taking a hot shower. Until then, I think I'll have another cup of coffee. Might even make a cup of tea, I have some Baileys here some where.

This was where her truck was: Pictures were taken yesterday, this morning the water is up another 6-8 inches.



Here's a picture of me and Timber. I was headed out to the sheep fence to pull debree loose because it was daming up the water.

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Old 06-08-2011, 11:06 AM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Love how Timber has the "crows-nest" position. Wow, I agree when will it end.
Well we now have a roof leak so I guess we will be in line with everyone else with the insurance fellow. Still high enough to be out of the water area. Fingers crossed
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Welcome to Lake Wyoming!! When does the boat rental open??
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Old 06-08-2011, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Welcome to Lake Wyoming!! When does the boat rental open??
I guess it better open soon. I just got off the phone with NOAA out of Billings, they called with questions about the flooding here. Then Matt informed me that we're going to get 1-2 inches of rain with the system that's starting through here right now. I guess snow melt wasn't enough.

All boat rentals are expensive because all boats will be one way trips. I don't rent motors and I don't think you can paddle good enough to bring the boat back.
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Old 06-08-2011, 03:37 PM
 
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I'm thinkin of you guys and sending prayers up your way. As a 'survivor' of Hurricane Andrew - I have a couple of comments of what to save. These are just my personal thoughts and you might have very different priorities.

I took all my family recipes (in a box) with me. These are irreplaceable. I lost all my books due to the destruction and heavy rain. If you have any books that are very important to you - either take them with you or put them up in a dry location. Check lower drawers of desks or chests and take with you any important (to you) items. Family photos, etc are also irraplaceable. Good Luck and God Bless you all!
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