August 2017

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The crick done rose.

When we had the February thaw, the Barton rose to the level of River Road. I wanted to take pictures then, but by the time I got the chance, the water level had dropped.

It's been very warm this week, and most of the lingering snow and ice have melted, so that Barton has risen steadily every day all week. We went kayaking on it on Monday and there was still ice on the water in places, but we would not be kayaking on it now unless we parked a car at either end because the current is strong enough now that we could never paddle back. The water's right below the road again, and this time, I got out to get some pictures.

This is what the river usually looks like. This was taken last fall, on the peak weekend for leaves. On the Orleans side of River Road, the river expands into a wetland, but on the Coventry side, it's a sedate, meandering river with steep banks.

Barton River Autumn 2016

Bobby and I have been joking that we didn't know we were buying a lakefront property. The river opposite our road has essentially become a lake, filling the entire lowland with water. This is the view of the river from just past our house.

Barton River High Water Spring 2017

Parts of our land are also flooded (but our house is quite high up and so is nowhere near being affected).

A close-up of the river-turned-lake at the bottom of our street.

Barton River High Water Spring 2017

You can see the edge of the road in the lower right corner of the picture.

Barton River High Water Spring 2017

This is the same section of the river that I photographed back in the autumn. The river looks quite different now.

Barton River High Water Spring 2017

The opposite bank makes a small strip of land but, otherwise, it's all water.

Barton River High Water Spring 2017

In places, the road is just a causeway with water on each side. Thankfully, it is exceedingly rare for the river to flood over the road. Bobby spoke with one of our neighbors today, who said that the only time in recent memory that we've been trapped in by flooding was after Hurricane Irene did a number on Vermont some years ago.

Barton River High Water Spring 2017

Also the same part of the river shown in the autumn picture. With the exception of the tiny strip of dry land at the opposite bank, it's water all the way out to the train tracks, then more water until the land begins to rise. (The train tracks essentially span a lake right now. It must look pretty cool from the vantage point on a train.)

Barton River High Water Spring 2017
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