We had a good rain yesterday, recording 0.5 inches (1.27 cm) of rainfall. It all fell over a couple of hours. We had standing water from the driveway run-off. The new French drains worked beautifully, as there was no standing water an hour after the rain stopped. There was no fast-moving water seen -- the dry creek bed, with its bullrock providing orders of magnitude more surface area for the water to traverse, slowed flow from the top of our property as planned. The new berm did its job. The run-off ditch did have water in it; it just filled rather slowly, as we had planned. Both the dry creek bed and the French drain system feed the run-off ditch.
We are very pleased with the outcomes of this first test. I know more wait for us in the future as we are getting ready to hit our "wet season".
|The dry creek bed and French drains (to the left, out of the picture) feed |
the drainage ditch, but one sees no surface water in the creek bed and
would only see a little standing water around the French drains during the rain.
|The drainage ditch has water, but its flow is much slower than one would find|
in previous pictures of water flow. The berm is minimizing any waterfalls which
have come through the woods at this juncture.