Wednesday, October 07, 2009


Aftermath! Sounds ominous. Actually, it wasn't that bad. The wind hasn't ended but isn't as strong as it was on Sunday and Monday. Today the prediction is for winds between 13 and 16 mph with gusts as high as 29 mph. Not bad.

We generally keep things put away or secured in case of wind since it's not an uncommon experience. In general, small items didn't move. Only one tab of one roofing shingle was broken and is easily repaired. It was a cistern that caught me unexpectedly.

Uprooted dead tree.
This dead tree was the favorite perch for doves. They would fly to the tree before coming to the feeders in the yard. An earlier wind storm caused the tree to lean. This storm pulled it loose and rolled it to it's present location. Since it's not in the yard and isn't a potential problem, I'm going to leave it to nature.

I think this piece of culvert weighs approximately 300 pounds. Before the storm it was on the right side of the drive beside the closest Juniper. The way the wind moved it is a bit of a mystery. The scuff marks on the ground show the wind pivoted one end and moved it somewhat perpendicular to the wind rather than rolling it.

The cistern in the foreground has moved about five feet to the right. The two should be aligned so that the back cistern would be hidden in this photo. This was the biggest surprise. The cistern weighs just a little over 300 pounds empty. It contained about 80 gallons of water which would add about 640 pounds for a total of almost 1,000 pounds. I'll have to drain the water to reposition it.

Cistern pumping.
It appears the pipe did not break or crack because the cistern walls flexed. No harm was done. For the last few weeks I've planned on finishing this project. I'll build a retaining wall around both cisterns and fill it with soil to insulate the pipes and to anchor the cisterns. I'll have to cut a pipe to realign the cisterns. In the spring I'll dig trenches to connect the cisterns to the house and the garden. There was no rush this past summer since our monsoon season was a bust.


Blogger Tim Hodgens said...

Thanks for the update. The cisterns are like boats on the ocean...the wind just pushes them around.

10/08/2009 03:53:00 PM  

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