When I shot this video of the Smith, mid-day on Sunday, the area was getting slammed by the zillionth rain storm this winter. Rainfall for the week through that Sunday was in excess of 7 inches. And the day before, Saturday the 20th, the region tallied more then 2 inches of rain during that day alone (an all-time record for December 20th).
No surprise that when I was uploading one my “rising waters of the Smith” videos, the electricity suddenly went out in a power outage that affected nearly a thousand people for more than 10 hours, including our little hamlet of Hiouchi and the bnb.
Bye-bye video upload, hello mad scramble to get the generator running and kitchen fridge supplied with power.
So even tho today was mostly sunny and the river had dropped a good 10+ feet from Sunday’s high of 24 (at the Jed Smith gage), the video is fun reminder of the power of mother nature and how quickly this undammed and free-flowing river rises with rainfall.