Friday, September 2, 2011

August 2011 Top dam -- taking the papyrus out and draining the lane


 Top Dam  
 The island of papyrus was blocking the outlet at the spillway

John Barrow of Barrow Constructions  generously loaned us a TLB for the day.

Moses, the driver, dragged the island slowly to the edge

 A huge heap of papyrus being pushed up the bank

The last little bit!!

The spillway is clear again

The papyrus on the bank where it will dry

Our lovely dam!!

August 2011 Draining the lane below the school

 August  2011 

 After we had finished removing the papyrus from the top dam we moved to the  muddy lane below the school

First  the fallen tree had to be removed

The first "bite"of the trench

Within two hours the trench had filled with water
 from the countless springs

Now the pipes had to be laid under the path

The first of three pipes went in

 and the water started draining into the stand of poplar trees

The final job was to flatten and compact the soil to make a road

     All done --  a big improvement!
     The trench will be filled with large rubble and will continue to drain
 the water out.