Saturday, February 6, 2010

Down came the rain








Devil's Gate Dam, post-flash flood, mid-afternoon.


(Bonus Photo: Petrea at Pasadena Daily Photo was nice enough to forward the following "before" shot. The orange floats are there to keep the big bits -- three trunks and so forth -- away from the dam. You can also see the growing sinkhole in the middle.)

34 comments:

  1. Oh we (Robby and David and Tangie and I) were there about 11AM today...wish we'd run into you. That's some muddy water coming through the dam there...you could SMELL the earth, know what I mean? Amazing amount of water. Miss you...

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  2. COOL shot of the water coming out!! Did sound like a ROAR too? No rain here, just cautious promises that never come true.

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  3. Whoa. That is one cool and SCARY picture. Just thinking about being caught in front of that.

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  4. It's been raining cats & people - a sure prescription for an overdoese of rain. So, the remnants of the Station Fire Storm continue.

    And, that horse rider looks much better when he has his USC riding gear on.

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  5. I'll be back, I forgot my towel.
    GG

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  6. I was there at midday and met the owner of Hidden Springs cafe, which used to be on Mill Creek by the Angeles Forest Highway. It burnt down completely and he and his brother had to drive as fast as they could to escape the wall of fire coming their way.
    Where were you standing in the bottom photo? Great shot!

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  7. I was there the other day when they had drained the basin and there's a giant sink-hole. Did you see it?

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  8. Dang, I must remember to take my horse for a ride next time it buckets.

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  9. Those really have to sink in.

    It’s not called stagnate water...or?

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  10. Down here in Podunk, we'd call that a gully washer!
    V

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  11. Isn't it amazing when the dam is in full gush mode?

    is that a Welsh pony?

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  12. Now that's a lot of drinking water...

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  13. Bonnie, et al, COME BACK!
    Yes Brenda, it was really loud.
    That's what I said, Susan, Laurie & Margaret (or Bean?)
    Amy, yeah. It gave me a feeling akin to vertigo.
    CO and PA: That horse is either a paso fino or a peruvean paso. Shell, never in a million years. Mine would freak.
    Bellis, I was on the old bridge. I took some shots from the old freeway and others from the bridge.
    JBar, it is. The last time we had a series of storms like this was 5 years ago. But the water was clean then.
    Petrea, I hope you're going to post the photo you emailed. I would have, but it didn't let me copy/paste.
    Virg: Gully washer! I like it.

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  14. Oh, and Linda, too bad you can't drink it. All this dirty, arsenic-laden water is going to run off into the ocean. I think.

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  15. The horse would look even better if Lady Godiva was riding it, don't you think? By the way, I meant to ask about the top photo, not the bottom one (duh!), but you've answered my question - you were on the old 118 freeway.

    I walked to the JPL east bridge but had to talk my way past the USFS guys blocking the road upriver from there. It's pretty bad, they said.

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  16. Great photos AH!!! Love the one of the horse...don't think it's a paso though...the gait doesn't look like a paso gait...we had family friends who had a horse ranch.. with pasos..in the middle of Canoga Park...they've both been gone for years now, and I'm sure their little farm has been developed by now...

    Your photos did a great job capturing the overwhelm of water in our water soaked area...all the stations are asking for photos....!!!!

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  17. Maybe PA is right? A welsh pony? Or Icelandic pony? It was doing a single foot or a tolt, I think.

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  18. They had completely drained the basin just a few days ago when I took the pic of the sink hole. Shows that the PWP engineers are controlling the water, at least somewhat.

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  19. Arsenic laced water heading to the ocean. Well that's a happy thought.
    V

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  20. Is that silt built up in the dam's reservoir? I just read somewhere about a dam's lifespan. Might your dam be aged?

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  21. Bell is rite about needing a Lady Godiva to ride him. She needs to ask Petrea about doing it.

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  22. Oh my goodness, that's an awesome amount of water coming through the dam - I can feel and hear its power over here in the UK!

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  23. Bandit, I think it was built in 1920, although it's been extensively updated since then. Rather dramatic looking, isn't it?

    Hi Gnome. Happy to see you again.

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  24. Water, water everywhere. Seems like this is an awfully wet winter in a lot of places.

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  25. CP,
    WELL, my feelings are a bit miffed that you didn't think of moi for Lady Godiva. Well, I'm scared of horses, so I guess that you were right.
    V

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  26. Vous ĂȘtes le Lady Godiva parfait, mon ami V:

    A Lady Godiva went riding out one dark and windy day
    Upon a ridge she rested as she went along her way
    When all at once a mighty herd of red eyed cows she saw
    A-plowing through the ragged sky and up the cloudy draw

    Their brands were still on fire and their hooves were made of steel
    Their horns were black and shiny and their hot breath she could feel
    A bolt of fear went through her as they thundered through the sky
    For she saw the Riders coming hard and she heard their mournful cry

    Yippie yi Ohhhhh
    Yippie yi yaaaaay
    Lady Godiva in the sky

    Their faces gaunt, their eyes were blurred, their shirts all soaked with sweat
    She's riding hard to catch that herd, but she ain't caught 'em yet
    'Cause they've got to ride forever on that range up in the sky
    On horses snorting fire
    As they ride on hear their cry


    As the riders loped on by her she heard one call her name
    If you want to save your soul from Hell a-riding on our range
    Then Lady Godiva change your ways today or with us you will ride
    Trying to catch the Devil's herd, across these endless skies

    Yippie yi Ohhhhh
    Yippie yi Yaaaaay

    Lady Godiva in the sky
    Lady Godiva in the sky
    Lady Godiva in the sky

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  27. WOW! Miss J has never seen Haha so wet.

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  28. Absolutely fantastic. Do I see a few green-with-envy fellow bloggers?

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