October 6-9 Rain Event
On Thursday, Oct. 8, we received approximately 3 inches; and on Friday, Oct. 9, we gained another 1/2 inch of rain. Prior to Oct. 6, conditions were about as dry as they get, and the rain soaked into the ground fairly fast.
Water levels in the ditches did not elevate much at all. By Friday, Oct. 9, the ditches were nearly full. Ditch 104 was high enough to spill some water into the north end of Pool 2, and Ditch 111 was elevated enough to push a little water through the structure by BB parking area in Pool 3. Ditch 106 on the south end of Pool 2 did not get high enough to deliver any water through the south structure. Pool 1 had a net gain of 3 inches. By Saturday, Oct. 10, all ditch levels had dropped below the water control structures preventing any further water delivery.
All water control structures were in place prior to the rain and set low enough to allow ditch water to be collected where possible. This rain event saturated the ground and put some water in the boat lanes but was not nearly what will be required to fill the pools.
The two pictures show the boat lane to B-1 blind in Pool 2 on Friday, Oct. 9 (top), and Saturday, Oct. 10 (bottom), after the water settled across the low areas of the pool. The third picture highlights how the waterline dropped after 24 hours. Click on the images to enlarge.
It is too early to determine how many hunting positions will be available on opening day. Flooding of units A and B are on schedule, and we will continue to collect as much water from future rain events as possible in pools 1, 2 and 3.