I just wanted to add to the other post Spring Pond 2016. The main reason was a thunderstorm that happened the day after the post went live. When I got up for work the thunderstorms were moving in and raining fairly hard. At least it slowed down so I could get to the van and not get too wet.
Anyways at work we could here the rain which was off and on until shortly after noon. Sometimes just a sprinkle other times a real down pour.
With the ground fairly saturated I knew we would get a lot of water into the pond which would help to get it up to our summer level just under the deck, which we just recently added our taller pipe. The pond needed to raise 6″-7″ inches to reach the top of the taller pipe. and it did in one day, actually about a half of a day.
We did end up with excess rain in the pond and didn’t reach the top of the down pipe/overflow pipe or the emergency spillway. but did flow out of the four 4″ horizontal pipes which is now the main overflow mechanism to keep the pond level. If we get excess rain from any additional storms and the 4″ pipes can’t handle the incoming water, it will use the 8″ down pipe and if that becomes overwhelmed the emergency spillway will let the excess water out with out over topping the dam. Over topping the dam is a bad thing, could start erosion and wash the dam away, over time or even during the same storm.
I know it seems I get carried away or maybe ramble on about the ponds and water, but it is so amazing how water works, what it can do above and below 32 degrees and the power it has to give life and the bad side of taking life away. We all need to think about safety around the full ponds and while they are being built, accidents happen and can happen without notice.