Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is sitting back watchin’ the river flow. And oh, does the Rogue flow.
This past storm was much heftier water-wise than expected.
Rogue blown out for days./Big flows into Lost Creek Lake./Rain-on-snow event.
For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about the outdoors and whatever the hell else comes to mind, with some bad forms of old Japanese poetry sprinkled in as the schtick.
Warm, heavy rains after a snowfall is the recipe for all the big floods in Rogue Basin history, and they all seem to happen right around Christmas.
The last big one was in 1964. Read about it HERE.
The Corps of Engineers began the weekend expecting to juggle water releases so Lost Creek Lake rose no more than four feet. Well, it was at a haiku-worthy 16 feet higher and climbing Monday afternoon.
The Corps was releasing 4,000 cubic feet per second at 11:30 a.m., with plans to climb to 6,000 cfs by 5 p.m. But the lake’s still rising, with 21,333 cfs flowing into it at 11:30 a.m.
Rogue is pumping huge./Lots of water, mud, debris./Dam keeps flood in check.
The Rogue would be at flood-stage at Dodge Bridge had Lost Creek dam not shaved the peak off this-here event.
After the natural flow wanes, the Corps will have to release that extra stored water, likely dragging this-here event out deep into the Christmas dead week.
And that might be washing Fish Hack’s Steelhead Christmas right outta here.
Dreams of Christmas fish./Steelhead on a open fire./Jack Frost just nippin’.