SHADY WOODS

               

 

 

 

 

 

Shady Woods was one of the hardest hit areas of Pigeon Creek. The damage started with the Memorial Day weekend flood, with the worst on June 4. A small tributary of Pigeon Creek coming from the head of the hollow turned into a river of rocks. The rushing waters gobbled most of the bank supporting this pretty little pink and white house. The owners spent weeks shoveling rocks off their lawn and trying to shore up the stream bank so it wouldn't collapse in the next storm. At Shady Woods, the source of the runoff was easy to find. 
     

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Near the head of the hollow, a dirt road rises up the road to the right. Within 100 feet, a large, newly logged area looms on the hillside.

    Local residents told me it was logged in the summer of 2003. Yes, they said, the logging contributed to the flooding.

    Here are eight photos of the logging and run off.

Both sides of the creek were logged. Above is the left side.

Washout from the logging site on the right side of the creek.

The logging site

Tree debris washed down into stream above (left) and below (right) crossing.

Earth washed off hill, across road (left) and into stream.

Rain washed off road (at left in right photo) and into stream.