We have too much water! The little summer resort town of Naples, Maine where our summer cottage is located, has had days of nearly constant rain and it has taken its toll. Long Lake where our house sits is spilling over its’ banks and causing lots of problems to businesses and homeowners alike.
This is the flooded town dock with waves rolling over the concrete. The floating docks at the end have risen so high that the gangway leading down to them has been pushed into the air. There is a sign at the end of the gangway that says “step down”…it’s a long first step down now. The photo below is of the same dock during the antique boat show last August. You can see how high out of the water the dock normally is during the year. At the end is the ramp leading down to the floating docks.
Each year in November, the Department of Conservation drains Long Lake by three feet so that melting snow in the spring doesn’t cause a flood. This past winter was mild and there wasn’t enough snow melt to raise the lake back to normal levels. There was very little precipitation in April and the lake was down to its lowest level in years. Four feet lower than normal springtime conditions.
The local area was nearing drought conditions with a high fire danger and then in May the rains came. One rainstorm after another, many days never seeing a glimpse of the sun. Recently we had eight inches of rain in three days.
From comparing the photo above, you can now see that our beach has disappeared under four feet of water. There will be no sunbathing on the sand anytime soon.
We didn’t have any water damage at our property but our dock is underwater. There will be no boating or jet skiing in the near future.
It is just as well because the Marina gas pumps are a little hard to get to as they are submerged in water. If you really are in need of gas, the girl helping you has the cutest black and white rubber boots and will wade out to help you. Be sure to say “thank you”.
All of our gardens are fine except for part of our lakeside garden. About half of it is underwater at the present time.
It will be at least a week before the lake reaches a normal level even though the spillway at the historic Songo Lock is opened all the way. The gates at the lock can’t be opened because of too much pressure from the high water so it will be a slow process.
Gardeners have to deal with weather problems all the time. Too cold or too hot, too windy, too dry or too wet. We all know that too little water can kill plants but too much water can also kill. The plants that have been underwater for days will surely die. Almost no sunshine and all the rain has put a lot of the other plants in a stressed condition.
I will be watching the tomato plants closely. Their bottom leaves are curling, some turning purple, some yellow…all signs of too much water. Under the wet and humid conditions now, they are very susceptible to a number of leaf diseases.
I want to leave this post on a happy note. As you can see from the photo above, the sun is shining now, the water is starting to recede and that is a very good thing. Even our tree is smiling.