The creek got very high. Probably about 6 feet on the staff gauge, although the gauge broke off at some point and so we can only estimate it until the fisheries scientists download their electronic instrument.
Local resident, Steve Harper, asked me if he could check out the flood and took some video of the rushing water heading out to the ocean. You can see his video here.
After the flood was over, we discovered that we now have a beach.
This doesn’t happen often. Usually we have a very rocky, boulder beach with a little sand at the north end. Perhaps there was a large slide up the canyon somewhere in the watershed. The sediment would have been delivered to the cove and pushed back onto the beach by the ocean waves. So there you have it, suddenly a beach appeared. The harbor seals love it!
Along with rain and mud, you get slides. The highway between Rocky Creek and Bixby Creek fell into the ocean. There was another road-closing slide south of Limekiln State Park which cut Big Creek off in both directions. Feynner had his work delivered onto our own road in a huge pile of mud and trees. This slide was about 40 feet tall and 30 feet wide. It took three days to fix the road but you can see he still had a smile on his face.