I rang the council this afternoon. I wanted an email address where I could send some photos of the condition of our road in one particular place. Actually I rang two councils because we live quite close to the boundary and I feel both sides of the boundary are in need of attention. I must give credit for the customer service at both offices. It was obvious the young lady who answered the phone at the smaller council, responsible for the bigger problem, was not going to put me through to anyone else or give me an email address - she was going to take care of my problem. She gave me every impression that she would. So I will watch with interest to see what happens at this spot along the road.
It doesn't take a lot of rain for there to be water across the road at this spot but usually it's just an overflow of the water that runs down off a hill and accumulates at the side of the road.
Recent heavy rain, though, has made the water so impatient to escape from this side to the other, that it has gouged out a little drain for itself. And it cuts neatly right across the road, there's no going around it. It gives you quite a jolt if you don't slow down enough.
It was flowing freely this afternoon but I thought it would still be a while before it cleared that pool of water - and it has been raining again since.
This is where the water is flowing to. The creek is in the background, the foreground is overflow.
At the other larger council I was put through to a man who, when I said who I was and where I lived said, "How's the potholes?" He was relieved to hear things were worse on "the other side of the border!" Thinking about our conversation I realize he was charming, but made no promises - I must be getting soft!
Thanks to Heather I have a few photos of here on the farm. There's no way I could get to where these were taken without some serious wading - and I am far too soft for that.
Just stay in the middle between the two fences and you should get through.
Turn right at the end, through this last bit of water, and up the hill and head for home.
It must stop raining soon! But I heard a long term forecast that said it would continue to be extra-ordinarily wet right through to October. That will be a real test of farmers' resiliance!