As shown in the images below, water flow across the landscape (flooding) was confined to 2 areas where an old drainage from the west crosses the estate on its way to the San Simon river bed. Experiencing mostly sheet flooding water depth reached a maximum depth of 1-2', although wide swaths of the road were flooded. Of course the riverbed itself as conduit for water from up the valley (to the south) had several feet of water and the east side of the estate is currently inaccessible. The check dams, tumbleweed garlands, and topsoil restoration barriers preformed well and all were in place after the storm. Capturing sediment and slowing water flow these structures protected segments of the road and barren areas of the landscape slowing the water and depositing sediment. One problem arroyo along Painted Pony Rd. collected about a foot of sediment during the storm demonstrating the efficacy of water management efforts on the estate.
|The arrival of Odile was heralded by a multicolored sunset over the San Simon valley.|
|After the big rain - looking west at the flow across Nighthawk Rd.|
|After the big rain - looking south at the flow across Painted Pony Rd.|
|After the big rain - an old drainage that has good grass cover.|
|After the big rain - a check dam with tumbleweed garland and newly collected sediment along Painted Pony Road.|
|After the big rain - performance of topsoil restoration barrier installed last year.|