The Big Wood – The River Also Rises
It was a hard night last night. A vicious storm came through the Big Wood and we have a lot of flooding. Our den is high and dry, but other families along the river have lost all they have. Eleanor never mentioned this weather, so it must be something that just popped up. The beaver family that lives downriver, checked up on us. They had to move some logs to release the backed up water.
Mr. Beaver and Mr. Otter had a long conversation. They have both noticed the increase in snowfall this past winter and know that it will affect the water level of the river. This is two years in a row that we had heavy winter snowfall. Mr. Otter was concerned that we would have to move the den, but Mr. Beaver reassured him that he would adjust the dam to prevent any damage.
Effie came to visit yesterday. She said that the lake was already high. I can’t imagine what this additional water will do to the shoreline by her home. Of course, her home is in a tree so she should be fine. However, a tree can uproot, if the ground becomes too waterlogged. I may have to go and check on her tomorrow, just to ease my own worries. It will also give me an excuse to see her babies. They are probably almost full grown, but they will always be babies to me. Simon and Effie did a wonderful job raising them.