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post #11 of 79 Old 08-25-2017, 08:59 AM
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We are fortunate to be far enough inland that our biggest concern will not be the immediate effects of storm surge and wind. Our concern will be flooding from the rain. Our main pasture is low and with a creek running past it that connects to the lake but, our home and paddock are about 50-60? higher than the pasture so provides a bit of a safe zone.

Where things get tricky for us?..getting in and out of town if it was necessary.

There are two roads in and out. We live near a large lake so there are not many directions to go. Both of those roads include crossing creeks/small rivers. One has a low bridge and the other, a low water crossing like this one:



It can become a death trap in a heavy rain event.

It hasn?t happened here in a very long time but, old timers I?ve talked to said there was one year where they were cut off from town for over a week because of road flooding.

Even if you are "safe" prepare.

It isn't just the rain you get that is at issue. Water seeks the lowest point, here it flows towards the lake and then, eventually towards the ocean. So the rains that fall to our west and north, from the high plains, will also make their way here, long after the event passes.

We lived on the west coast of Florida for a few years and went through hurricane preps several times, though never took a real hit (the storm either veered away or dissipated). Still, it never hurts to be prepared. Enough food, water and supplies for people and animals to last two weeks is my minimum at all times.
you must live closeish to me. Central Texas Hillcountry is around my area... Austin is about an hour away. I was commuting into Austin for the last few months, now my store is almost finished so I am local.

Today I am picking up hay and extra water just in case.

Turn around, don't drown! Good luck neighbor!!!

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post #12 of 79 Old 08-25-2017, 09:04 AM
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That pressure is dropping fast. It'll be a 3 in a few hours if not sooner. I worry that there is enough time and warm water for it to make it to Cat4. Add to that it is going to sit in that area for an extended period. Scary. Prayers are going out to and all in the path of Harvey.

If you can't get animal marking paint then use spray paint and put your number on both sides.

You also want a good set of pictures for identification purposes both before and after you put your id info on them. Make sure you are in at least one of the pictures. Photo your ownership info and keep originals in a safe place.
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post #13 of 79 Old 08-25-2017, 09:08 AM
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@EstrellaandJericho - Yep, an hour out of Austin more or less....we are in the Hill Country.

View from our house:


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post #14 of 79 Old 08-25-2017, 09:23 AM
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Yikes. I'm another one thankful to be far enough inland not to worry about hurricanes. I'm in Louisiana but less than an hour from Arkansas. My horses still don't have much shelter, but their pasture won't flood. The big pasture that I'm still working on fencing is about to go half underwater, though. My 1/3 acre pond drains all of my land plus about 20 more acres of my neighbors'. There's no outlet from the pond, so it takes a long time to dry out that back pasture. I know we need to work on that drainage, but it's going to take some $$$, and I don't know when it will dry out enough to get heavy equipment back there again. Harvey is not going to help.
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post #15 of 79 Old 08-25-2017, 09:29 AM
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@EstrellaandJericho - Yep, an hour out of Austin more or less....we are in the Hill Country.

View from our house:


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oh goodness that's gorgeous. You are a lucky person!!!

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post #16 of 79 Old 08-25-2017, 09:32 AM
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@EstrellaandJericho , if your chickens are chicks, can you bring your brooder inside and set them up in an extra bathroom during the worst of it? Or even move them to a sturdier garage or outbuilding? I personally would not want them that exposed in just a coop, and if you have lots of mud and standing water afterwards, you're asking for all kinds of nasty issues with them living on that until it dries up.

It's probably easier to deal with given you have chicks vs adults right now, but I understand there's a difference between relocating 10 chicks vs. 50 or hundreds.
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post #17 of 79 Old 08-25-2017, 09:57 AM
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@EstrellaandJericho - Yep, an hour out of Austin more or less....we are in the Hill Country.

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LOL! We're about an hour out of Austin too. Just north of Liberty Hill. I should have gone to the grocery store yesterday as I think people may be hitting the water shelves pretty hard, even in our area. I don't know how hard the winds are going to be here but I'm glad we trimmed dead limbs off the trees last week.
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post #18 of 79 Old 08-25-2017, 10:07 AM
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We only have 6... We will keep them in a dog kennel in the shed

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post #19 of 79 Old 08-25-2017, 10:42 AM
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@Kriva , I know Liberty Hill well. As Texas goes, as big as it is, we're practically neighbors!
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post #20 of 79 Old 08-25-2017, 10:52 AM
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We only have 6... We will keep them in a dog kennel in the shed
Sounds good!

By the way, we love chickens. You should visit this thread and share some pictures: https://www.horseforum.com/farm-anima...thread-112282/
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