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Photo Album  - Article

HEADQUARTERS    

Reed surveys the easement entry road into the headquarters.
Audubon Kern River Preserve headquarters
20 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

The pasture next to the easement entry road made a pretty lake.
Audubon Kern River Preserve headquarters
20 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

Reed walks (wades, swims) into the preserve along the easement entry road.
Audubon Kern River Preserve headquarters
20 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

I guess the preserve could be open to those with boats! Reed struggles to stay afloat on the entry road to the preserve.
Audubon Kern River Preserve headquarters
20 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

The flow through the Prince ditch in the center of the driveway into the headquarters. Audubon Kern River Preserve headquarters
20 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

Reed made it through (he is well practiced after years of flooding along this road - although this was one of the worst).
Audubon Kern River Preserve headquarters
20 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

All roads leading to the headquarters were flooded.

Audubon Kern River Preserve headquarters
20 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

Reed shows where the high water mark was on the visitor center during the height of the flood.
Audubon Kern River Preserve headquarters
20 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

A dry weir on the east side of the preserve.
Audubon Kern River Preserve
21 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

SPRAGUE RANCH    

The east fork of Fay Creek flows with water for the first time in 15 years.
Audubon Kern River Preserve Sprague Ranch unit
19 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

The water begins to back up from flood waters from the east fork of Fay Creek and the rewatered Glacier Gulch Creek
Audubon Kern River Preserve Sprague Ranch unit
19 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

Water flows into the Sprague Ranch between the house and the road.
Audubon Kern River Preserve Sprague Ranch unit
19 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

The upland restoration site won't be needing irrigation for a while with the new creek.
Audubon Kern River Preserve Sprague Ranch unit
19 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

On the morning of the 19th the Sprague House threatened to flood.
Audubon Kern River Preserve Sprague Ranch unit
19 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

On the morning of the 19th the Sprague House threatened to flood. Sean and Jeff saved the house as they built a berm to protect it from flood waters.
Audubon Kern River Preserve Sprague Ranch unit
19 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

Before the berm was built, the flood waters stretched toward the turtle enclosure.
Audubon Kern River Preserve Sprague Ranch unit
19 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

 

The flood waters on middle fork of the Fay Creek had already blown the culvert and washed out the road to our Palmer field on the morning of the 19th.
Audubon Kern River Preserve Sprague Ranch unit
19 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

The normally dry east fork flow increased throughout the day on Sunday the 19th. Audubon Kern River Preserve Sprague Ranch unit
19 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

Jeff and Sean bring in the heavy equipment to try to stem the tide of flood waters washing away the preserve roads.
Audubon Kern River Preserve Sprague Ranch unit
19 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

Too late, the pressure behind the culvert blew the main entry road with a great splash.
Audubon Kern River Preserve Sprague Ranch unit
19 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

The backed-up waters just as they breached the main entry road to the Sprague house.
Audubon Kern River Preserve Sprague Ranch unit
19 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

Flood waters from the breach in the culvert on the normally dry middle fork of the Fay Creek
Audubon Kern River Preserve Sprague Ranch unit
19 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

A whole lot of water fell over 5 days. Over 9 inches were recorded at the Sprague House.
Audubon Kern River Preserve Sprague Ranch unit
19 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

It might be a little while before these roads can be repaired. We have no budget for overtime for our hourly employees, so it will take longer than can be expected.
Audubon Kern River Preserve Sprague Ranch unit road.
19 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

The storm revealed the beauty of the South Fork Valley.
Audubon Kern River Preserve
21 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

The storm revealed the beauty of the South Fork Valley.
Audubon Kern River Preserve
21 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

The storm revealed the beauty of the South Fork Valley.
Audubon Kern River Preserve
21 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

The storm revealed the beauty of the South Fork Valley.
Audubon Kern River Preserve
21 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

The storm revealed the beauty of the South Fork Valley.
Audubon Kern River Preserve
21 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

The storm revealed the beauty of the South Fork Valley.
Audubon Kern River Preserve
21 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

FAY RANCH ROAD    

A relatively calm and intact roadway with minor flooding was encountered early on the morning of the 19th...
Audubon Kern River Preserve Alexander Ranch unit
19 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

By the next morning this was the condition of Fay Ranch Road.
Audubon Kern River Preserve Alexander Ranch unit
20 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

Good thing Audubon purchased the Alexander Ranch keeping this property from being up-zoned and developed. Imagine the condition of houses here!
Audubon Kern River Preserve Alexander Ranch unit
20 December 2010

photo courtesy Sean Rowe

The Fay Canyon creek derives from the top of Bartolas Peak and runs through Glacier Gulch.

21 December 2010

photo courtesy Alison Sheehey

Climbing Fay Canyon on Fay Ranch Road revealed this normally dry creek was a gully washer and gave the Sprague House its new distinction with a river in the front yard.
21 December 2010

photo courtesy Alison Sheehey

Upper part of Fay Ranch Road in the flats was mudded over after the flood waters receded.
21 December 2010

photo courtesy Alison Sheehey

CHP finds deep hole in roadway as he crosses the wash out on Fay Ranch Road.
21 December 2010

photo courtesy Alison Sheehey

After being advised to drive slowly over roadway on right, this driver found the going pretty easy.

photo courtesy Alison Sheehey

Asphalt and sand are lifted out of roadway on Fay Ranch Road.

photo courtesy Alison Sheehey

Vehicle begins to cross wash out on Fay Ranch Road.

photo courtesy Alison Sheehey

Fay Ranch Road looking north toward Kern Plateau

photo courtesy Alison Sheehey

Undercut of ditch on Fay Ranch Road looking south

photo courtesy Alison Sheehey

Ditch on Fay Ranch Road looking west toward Kern River Preserve

photo courtesy Alison Sheehey

Fay Ranch Road looking south toward washed out area, notice severe undercutting of road
21 December 2010

photo courtesy Alison Sheehey

Fay Ranch Road looking south toward washed out area, notice severe undercutting of road
21 December 2010

photo courtesy Alison Sheehey

Fay Ranch Road looking north toward Kern Plateau
21 December 2010

photo courtesy Alison Sheehey

Fay Ranch Road looking north toward Kern Plateau
21 December 2010

photo courtesy Alison Sheehey

Fay Ranch Road looking south toward Nichol's Peak - a temporary lake filled the road.
21 December 2010

photo courtesy Alison Sheehey

 

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