Tales from a small creek on the Eastern Shore

Irene, Goodnight Irene.

I’ll see you in my nightmares more like.
Looks like we creek dwellers are in the path of Hurricane Irene, the storm may just graze the Delaware beaches on it’s(her?) way north. The beach areas are under compulsory evacuation. Current predictions here on the eastern shore are for 70 MPH winds, 10 inches of rain and an eight foot tidal storm surge. Depending on the state of the tide late on Saturday that may put water three or four feet over my dock and could completely submerge my pilings. Right now we have no water at all in the creek, it went out like water down a drain today and will probably come roaring back almost as fast late tomorrow with the wind.

I am well down my checklist

Doubled up the mooring lines on the big boat (a delicate calculation required for length, the slip is 50′ by 20′ the boat is 44′ by 15′ what length of line is required to accommodate an 8′ rise in water level without allowing the boat to touch the pilings?)
The floating dock is secured.
Power and water to the dock are turned off
Dockboxes are empty (they always fill with water)
Furniture either removed from the dock or chained down.
Generator is checked out and fueled.
Spare fuel tanks are filled
Cars are in the garage
Dinghy (inflatable rescue boat) is on the trailer in the garage with the checked and fueled motor on it, and yes the life jackets are in there.

On a lighter note, I am told the local Walmart has run out of milk, bread, flashlight batteries and snow shovels(joke).

More tomorrow, must go and checkout the chainsaw (and the camera).


August 29, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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