Weekend Waterview: Rising Waters


Thank you for all your emails and concerns about rising waters with the rain we’ve had the past two weeks.


We were fortunate to get much-needed rain without the flooding that affected South Carolina, especially in Columbia and Charleston, our favorite weekend getaway.


We went from a low of a 93.6 lake level reading (100 being full pond) and our neighbors’ dock no longer floating on September 24th to this. . .


A 97.4 reading as of this morning, almost 4 feet up and our normal lake level this time of year.



We had another rainy day yesterday and are no longer under a drought advisory.




We’re greening up again and our leaves look like they’ll turn color on schedule. . .


Instead of falling off crispy brown from stress and lack of water.


It’s shaping up to be a beautiful day here with Carolina blue skies.


Hope you’re enjoying some beautiful weather where you are!

Happy Sunday :)

  35 comments for “Weekend Waterview: Rising Waters

  1. October 11, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Thank Heaven you receive your much needed rain and none of the damage caused by Flooding. May your autumn be beautiful, bright and full of special blessings.

  2. Cynthia Raines
    October 11, 2015 at 9:56 am

    So glad you are safe and sound and the water is rising without issues! God bless!

  3. October 11, 2015 at 9:59 am

    So happy to know that you were unscathed by all the rainfall! We’ve had lots of standing water but no catastrophes! This morning’s sunshine is indeed a welcome sight!

  4. October 11, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Looks beautiful, Mary. It is so good to know your drought is over for now.

    We love the Low Country and we were saddened to see the flooding.

    I took photos of Bagnell Dam at Lake of the Ozarks on the 4th of July. The gates were open, due to flooding north of the lake.

    Having lived near the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers plus smaller rivers and creeks, for a very long time, over 70 years for J, we’ve seen the devastation of flooding many times. In ’93 there was a 500 year flood along the rivers. We pass through the Chesterfield Valley often. That area is restored and bigger and better levees have been built and are in constant updating, hoping it doesn’t happen again.

  5. October 11, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Isn’t it amazing how the drought can be reversed so quickly? I know you’re thankful for the rain and the lake level returning to normal, Mary. Maybe you, your hubby and Chloe and Gracie will be out on the boat enjoying the gorgeous scenery? Happy Sunday to you!

  6. October 11, 2015 at 10:18 am

    So amazing…….Glad to see things are getting back to normal, God is good!

  7. Tricia
    October 11, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I’m glad you finally got the rain you needed for the lake and your trees.

  8. October 11, 2015 at 10:46 am

    It always looks so lovely there.

  9. Sandi Lee
    October 11, 2015 at 11:05 am

    So glad you are safe and the water level is good. Hoping and praying for S.C.

  10. Sandy Park
    October 11, 2015 at 11:14 am

    So glad things are getting back to normal for you. You live in such a beautiful place.

  11. October 11, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Mary, this is good news. It’s amazing how quickly a lake can fill with rains such as you all have had in recent weeks. Lake Travis is up once again since the Memorial Day storms. It’s a mixed blessing though when so many lost lives and property with those rain storms. I’ve been following the news on the Charleston flood.
    Has Lake Norman ever had a history of flooding?
    Looks beautiful. Enjoy your day on the lake.

  12. Leslie Connor
    October 11, 2015 at 11:20 am

    So glad you are safe up there. Lake Murray got extremely high 359.7 I believe out of full stage of 360. Highest it’s been in a very long time! It’s currently down to 359.1. They’re having to keep it high in order to not add more water down river in Columbia. Our flooding here has been devastating Please add Columbia, Charleston and all the little towns in between here in SC to your prayer list everyone because faith is the only thing getting people through this nightmare Thank you Mary #SCStrong. #SCProud.

  13. October 11, 2015 at 11:26 am

    These photos are beautiful. Happy for you.

  14. Ellen Stillabower
    October 11, 2015 at 11:35 am

    So glad you received rain..the Lord usually takes care of that!! Our weather has been outstanding!! I don’t want it to end!!! Crisp & cool today but we have had lots & lots of sunshine!! Not ready for what may be coming!! WINTER!!! Oh well, we will survive..have a wonderful Sunday!! 🍂🍁🍂🍁☀️⛅️

  15. October 11, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Glad your lake is coming back up and that you are not flooding. I’m waiting for the fall colors to start appearing here.

  16. October 11, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Happy to hear the good news!

  17. October 11, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    So glad your lake levels are getting back to normal.

    When my son moved to Hawai’i 23 years ago, he said that one of his reasons to move to the area near the ‘wettest city on earth [Hilo]) was water…He was living in Atlanta at the time and the levels of the Chattahoochee River – the main water supplier to that city – were already getting low.

    He strongly believes, and stated at the time, that the fight for water right controls was on the way…it took 20 years, but it has already started in areas of California and other states.

    We have been experiencing drought conditions in Hilo – and the East side of the island, which is normally the wettest side- thank goodness we’ve been receiving some much needed rain and are catching up to our normal year-to-date rain levels.

  18. Marie in AZ
    October 11, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    I was relieved to hear the happy news that your lovely lake is back to normal for this time of the year, especially without flooding. Enjoy your lovely views….

  19. October 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    So glad that you all are safe and that the Lake is at normal now. Feel so bad for all the people in So Carolina. They have lost everything and looks like they are in for more flooding.
    In SO CA we are experiencing extremely high triple digit temperatures. The drought is worse than ever.
    So I don’t go out much only when I have to.
    Trees are looking good with the leaves changing colors.

  20. October 11, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Your photos show your good news very well. It is amazing how quickly a lake can rise, but it’s the rivers and streams rising so quickly that seem to bring the devastating floods in our area. We need rain; it hasn’t rained more than a trace at my house in about two months.


  21. Paula
    October 11, 2015 at 4:57 pm


    All is beautiful !! We are so looking forward to our trip to Asheville this week, hoping the trees will be in their pretty colors!


  22. October 11, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Such a beautiful place to live. Thanks for sharing. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  23. Linda E.
    October 11, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Mary…So glad you got the rain you needed without those terrible floods they had south of you! Enjoy your lovely spot, now restored to normal!

  24. October 11, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    So happy for y’all that the drought is over, which turned into a Godsend…. Everything looks so pretty, and we had a gorgeous day today!

    We might go to the lake next weekend and enjoy some fall color. Things are just starting to turn here!

  25. October 11, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Happy for you and happy to hear your water was a replenishing vs. flooding. Our weather has been beautiful also, but still waiting for peak color in our area.

  26. October 11, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    i have been eager to see how fast and full you were getting, amazing reprieve for you! it looks watery and wonderful, you and girls must be thrilled. a little terrifed about our winter, the hype for a killer winter has me a wreck for both houses, i only hope we can end the drought and still manage to have both homes without mudslides :-(

  27. October 11, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I am so happy you got the rain and the levels came up! You have such a beautiful view!

  28. sharon donley
    October 11, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    So happy to hear your water problems have ended and a beautiful fall is in store. Prayers for others not quite as fortunate.You are truly blessed with your lakeside view. I would be delighted to have such a view, however once the leaves turn, the view through my living room windows is not easily matched. Hope to post my fall view real soon

  29. October 12, 2015 at 3:56 am

    We live in the Great Lakes area, and sometimes forget how water issues are affected across the country. Water is our most important natural resource. Hope you can enjoy the boat for a few more weeks now. Glad you are safe, Sandi

  30. October 12, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Such great news Mary, I was hoping that all the rain was on your door step in a positive way! I was worried about you but when North Carolina was never mentioned in the media I was keeping fingers crossed. I am so happy that you can truly enjoy that beautiful view and fall weather!

  31. bobbi duncan
    October 12, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Mary, very happy to learn the rain was a blessing for you and that you are safe and sound. Just terrible about the areas along the seaboard and beyond…my heart goes out to all. It has been lovely here in southeastern PA of late with fall colors starting to show all around.

  32. franki
    October 12, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    WHEW!!!! franki

  33. October 13, 2015 at 5:43 am

    It is beautiful there Mary! I am so glad you were not affected like SC. My sister is in Wilmington and saw quite a bit of water…in her yard…but fortunately it drained off and don’t ruin anything. My heart goes out to my SC friends…it is just awful there! Hugs to the girls!

  34. Roz
    October 13, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    So happy to hear the drought is over…not so in California. Be Blessed.

  35. October 15, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Glad the lake is back to its normal levels and phenomenal beauty….Happy that the rains corrected the drought and not anything more!…

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